Smart mobility involves deploying new technology to move people and goods through our city in faster, safer, cleaner, more affordable and more equitable ways.

Austin Transportation seeks to foster creative, mutually beneficial partnerships to carry out real-world testing of smart mobility technology, such as shared, autonomous, connected and electric vehicles.

See below for calls for partnerships, resources for potential public-private partnerships, and current initiatives.
 

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Propose a project or partnership opportunity

Private sector organizations wishing to propose smart mobility projects not listed as calls for partnerships above should submit a Public-Private Partnership Opportunity Expression of Interest Form. If you have additional questions about this process please email SmartMobilityOffice@AustinTexas.gov.

Current Initiatives 

Smart Mobility Roadmap

The City of Austin and Capital Metro have teamed up to create a Smart Mobility Roadmap that lays out a proactive and deliberate approach to new mobility capabilities that will ensure a future that is equitable, affordable, prosperous and data-driven. Learn more and read the Roadmap.
 

Past Projects

Swiftmile Electric Scooter Parking and Charging Pilot 

The Smart Mobility Office and Swiftmile, Inc. collaborated for a six month pilot to test the usability of the company’s universal scooter parking and charging stations. This pilot observed how effectively Swiftmile’s stations could be used to manage sidewalk organization and improve access to fully charged e-scooters. During Phase I, the stations acted as parking stations only—without power for charging—while Swiftmile and the Smart Mobility Office worked to understand patterns of use and waited for e-scooters to ridership to rebound in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase II, which began in October 2020, allowed e-scooters to charge while parked in the stations. In February of 2021 crews began removing the temporary Swiftmile charging and parking stations from the downtown and campus area. Smart Mobility Office staff is evaluating data collected during Phase I and Phase II of the pilot, as well as reviewing feedback submitted by Austin community members. Once the evaluation is completed the office will make recommendations regarding the future use of this type of technology in Austin.

Stations were installed at:

  • 900 Electric Dr.
  • 90 Rainey St.
  • 1100 E. 5th St.
  • 2104 Guadalupe St.
  • 400 W. 24th St.
  • 100 Congress Ave.
  • 401 Congress Ave.
  • 500 W. 2nd St.
  • 424 S. Lamar Blvd.
  • 1412 S. Congress Ave.

Watch the video below to learn how the stations worked. 

Contact

If you have additional questions about the City of Austin’s smart mobility initiatives, please contact SmartMobilityOffice@AustinTexas.gov.