PORTLAND, Ore. -- If you want ideas about how to make a smart city for the future why not check with the kids who will be commuting in 10 to 20 years?

Staff with the Portland Bureau of Transportation did just that at Jason Lee Elementary School.

Fifth graders weighed in during a brainstorming session.

PBOT is competing in the Smart City Challenge with 6 other cities. At stake is a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The kids contributed their ideas for how technology can make getting around safer and more efficient.

"They talked about apps, automated cars, sensors and screens," said PBOT Deputy Director Maurice Henderson. "We value their opinions because they're the future of the city."