OH Turnpike Going All In on Self-Driving Vehicles in 2017 with a $714,000 Investment

The Plain Dealer reports, “The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission is investing in bringing connected vehicle technology to Ohio. Gov. John Kasich has said he hopes to make Ohio a center for development of the autonomous driving industry. The commission, which has publicly supported that goal, is appropriating $714,000 of its 2017 capital budget for connected vehicle technology.” The report adds, “The lion’s share of the commission’s $121.4 million capital budget still will be used for the traditional basics: pavement replacement and resurfacing and bridge repairs and rehabilitation. Still, the new investment marks a new era of transportation technology funding.”