Ohio Investing $15 Million to Develop Testing Ground for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

The Plain Dealer reports, “The state is investing $15 million in a 35-mile stretch of road outside of Columbus that will act as a testing ground for autonomous and connected vehicles. Dubbed the Smart Mobility Corridor, the stretch of road on U.S. 33 between Dublin and East Liberty will be outfitted with high-capacity fiber optic cable that will provide data on self-driving vehicle operations.” The report adds, “The turnpike also will become a testing ground for self-driving vehicles. ‘People shouldn’t notice,’ said Turnpike Director Randy Cole, who already has been in the cab of [a] self-driving truck while it traveled down the turnpike in self-driving mode.”