The Ray named Newsweek’s top 100 Smart City Partner

Published 2:00 pm Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Ray has been selected as one of the Top 100 Smart City Partners for Newsweek’s Momentum Awards.

According to a news release from The Ray, the Momentum Awards are an annual celebration of the people and cities propelling the world toward an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, economically viable future of autonomous mobility and smart urban environments.

The 100 Smart City Partners award recognizes “partners taking action, whose initiated projects are enacting real change. Whether it’s integrating sustainable infrastructure, taking savvy approaches to micro-mobility, or using big data analytics to inform legislative policy for the betterment of all, each partner is doing something bold and unique that is leading us into the land unknown.”

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In just the second half of 2019, The Ray has implemented a half dozen pioneering projects, including the partial repaving of the corridor with rubberized asphalt utilizing scrap tires and well as launching a V2X, connected vehicle project with Panasonic and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Currently, a one-megawatt solar array is under construction at the diamond interchange at Exit 14, and an additional smart infrastructure project will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally, this fall will see the continuation of The Ray’s partnership with the University of Georgia through the implementation of a smart planting lab at Exit 6 that will test land management techniques, according to the press release.