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commercial curb challenge

join the nation's leading cities in running
no upfront cost curb management projects to reduce congestion, emissions, and safety hazards.

we're selecting our 2023 cohort of five cities to receive up to $750,000 in technology and support to launch curb management projects in their most congested areas

We're seeking innovating governments looking to enact curb management solutions to address Vision Zero or decarbonization initiatives. We're selecting 5 cities to join this public-private partnership that will provide hardware at no upfront cost, support from leading technology and public sector consultants, and tools to support your city's safety and climate goals of up to $750,000 to implement curb management analytics and automated smart loading. If you are looking for a new way to address traffic safety issues and/or transportation emissions, while also tackling congestion in your city's busiest streets, apply today to be considered for this limited cohort.

less congestion and
fewer emissions

safer streets
for vulnerable users

more business for restaurants and retailers

increased revenue from parking/(un)loading

what's included

Automated payment by the minute - no app or meter needed

state-of-the-art computer vision technology that enables you to charge vehicles for parking and (un)loading by the minute in up to 100 loading/PUDO zones

Access to real-time + historical multimodal data via user-friendly dashboard

analytics include dwell time, double-parking, illegal use of loading zones - all broken down by vehicle type

Analysis + roadmapping by world-class transportation consulting firm

end-to-end project support, including identifying ideal loading zone locations, supporting relevant policy efforts, and setting program KPIs

Integration with existing parking and transportation systems 

leverage industry-leading data standard (CDS) at the curb to enable easy integration with your parking ecosystem 

Implement and monitor zero-emissions delivery zones 

monitor use at the curb by EVs vs. ICEs and test various monetization & enforcement structures


install easy-to-manage cameras

instantly collect analytics on all curb + traffic activity

how it works

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automatically charge vehicles for their time at the curb

review transaction + violation logs at anytime

commercial curb challenge
key dates 

applications open

jan 4

applications due

feb 15

selections made

feb 27

kick off

march 13

is your city ready to reimagine
its curb space?

deadline to apply is Feb 15

what our clients are saying


Dave Onorato, Executive Director

Working with Automotus has enabled the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to maintain their status as an industry leader.  The data collected over the past year has proven to be very beneficial to the Authority vision, that we extended our current contract for an additional two years and expanded the smart loading zones to 200 spaces. I look forward to our continued relationship with Automotus in  transforming curb management through data and technology.


Kenneth Smith, City Parking and Mobility Manager

The curb is no longer being used just for parking but needs to be dynamic to accommodate numerous activities that facilitate the free flow of traffic. This (Automotus) solution will benefit our community’s businesses, residents, and visitors in an innovative and safe way. 


This is the first of many steps we will take to optimize curb management in Omaha.  This partnership will provide a curbside management solution and allow a safer and more efficient interaction with the curb.

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Kim Lucas, Director Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh is proud to be the first city to launch Smart Loading Zones with our partners, Automotus and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. Automotus’s technology allows us to analyze trends in our loading zone usage so we can make better informed policy decisions. This technology is also increasing enforcement which is leading to better utilization of our curbs by lowering circling, increasing usage, and decreasing traffic conflicts. Our first year of our pilot has been a resounding success and we look forward to the next two years and more zones.

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our commercial curb challenge partners

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  • How are cities chosen?
    Deadlines & Criteria City must fill out applications and have them submitted by deadline City must have a desired commitment to measure, manage, & monetize commercial activity at the curb over course of the next year City must aim to utilize curb management solution to address safety and/or emissions reductions Executive sponsor (DOT Director, PW Director, Mayor's Office Staff, etc.) Ability to stand up a project within 6 months of being accepted
  • Why is Automotus providing this at no cost?
    As a leader in automated curb management, Automotus has developed first-of-its-kind computer vision technology that allows cities to automatically analyze, monetize, and enforce all forms of curbside activity without incurring the upfront cost of hardware. We see a valuable opportunity in working with both cities and operators to create a win-win public/private partnership that pays for itself through willing operators who are granted more accessible curbs at a fair rate in areas where their drivers need it most. We are providing our technology at no upfront cost as a direct response to the rapidly expanding number of stakeholders at the curb - freight, ride-hailing, and food delivery services. Automotus has partnership and transaction fee agreements that allow us to provide our technology and services to both cities and operators.
  • How much revenue could this generate?
    Depending on the number of designated loading zones, and based on historical data from existing vendors, we can provide a projection of revenue based on usage.
  • I run a business or oversee a fleet of vehicles (freight, food-delivery, moving trucks, etc.). How do I get involved in this program?"
    Let’s connect! Email to let us know what cities you operate in and what type of fleet or business you are.
  • I am a driver and do deliveries or service calls as part of my profession.  How do I get access to Smart Loading Zones in my city?
    If you work for a fleet or larger company, check with your management to find out whether your company is already partnering with your city on this program. If you work independently, email We will provide information for how to get access to Smart Zones in each city as program registration becomes available.
  • I work for a city and we are interested in learning more about implementing Smart Loading Zones. How do I get more information?
    You can request a meeting with a member of the Automotus team here.
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