Public and Private Entities Support DriveOhio

Many public and private organizations across Ohio are engaged in the research, development and testing of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. DriveOhio connects all of these entities together under one umbrella, creating a more comprehensive and collaborative environment that makes it easier for them to drive advancements in smart mobility. Here are just a few:
Transportation Research Center
The 4,500-acre Transportation Research Center (TRC) is the largest independent automotive proving grounds in North America. It’s 7.5-mile track provides a perfect testing bed for all vehicles, including driverless and connected cars.
Smart Columbus
The U.S. Department of Transportation chose Columbus as the winner of its first “Smart City Challenge.” Smart Columbus is a regional smart city initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and The Columbus Partnership that includes partnerships with The Ohio State University, American Electric Power and many more.
The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research
The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary research center within OSU’s College of Engineering, is known for its state-of-the-art experimental facilities, its government and privately sponsored research, and an environment that encourages collaboration among students, researchers and private industry partners.
JobsOhio is the private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts.
Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission operates the Ohio Turnpike, the 241-mile toll road that provides safe and convenient east-west travel across northern Ohio and serves as an ideal location for open-road testing of autonomous and connected technologies. The commission recently approved a project to add roadside sensors to a 60-mile stretch of the turnpike and will begin equipping its fleet vehicles with onboard units.
  • “Our state’s outstanding highway system, our location as a crossroads of commerce and our world-class research resources place Ohio in an ideal position to capitalize on the future of smart mobility and transportation, with all the economic advances and jobs that will follow. Innovations developed here will continue to build on Ohio’s historic role as a world leader in transportation technology.”
    John R. Kasich, Governor of Ohio
  • “Whether it’s a city hall, a county courthouse or a state agency, government officials are sharing ideas, best practices and continually working to develop an aligned approach to emerging transportation technologies. Instead of competing with each other, everyone is adding a piece of the puzzle to create a much bigger picture that moves Ohio forward.”
    Randy Cole, Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
  • “We have everything you need in Ohio to develop, test and deploy autonomous and connected vehicle technologies. Only in Ohio will you find such a unique combination of resources, from controlled and open road testing to public-private partnerships funding smart city initiatives.”
    Kristi Tanner, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director
Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center
Located at the airport in Springfield, this center offers a mix of resources to support the research, development, testing, evaluation and commercialization of UAS technologies.
Ohio Department of Administrative Services
The Ohio Department of Administrative Services Office of Information Technology delivers statewide information technology and telecommunication services to state government agencies, boards and commissions as well as policy and standards development, lifecycle investment planning and privacy and security management.
Ohio Department of Transportation
Building on Ohio’s long history of transportation innovation and the state’s wealth of world-class research, development and manufacturing resources, the Ohio Department of Transportation is working on many levels to capitalize on emerging smart mobility and technologies.
The NW 33 Council of Governments 
The Council of Governments is comprised of representatives of the City of Dublin, City of Marysville, Union County, and the Marysville-Union County Port Authority. They are responsible for overseeing and managing the development along the US-33 corridor (33 Smart Corridor).
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Through its six divisions, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Ohio Department of Public Safety touches millions of Ohioans with a core mission centered on the principles of safety, service and protection. The department supports DriveOhio to ensure a unified state response regarding smart mobility technologies.
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
The Office of Workforce Transformation’s mission is to grow Ohio’s economy by developing a skilled and productive workforce, promoting effective training programs, and connecting Ohio employers with qualified workers.
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
PUCO regulates providers of all kinds of public utility services, including electric, natural gas, telephone, water, rail and trucking companies.
Ohio Public Utilities Commission
The Soldiers and Airmen of the Ohio National Guard stand ready to support federal, state and community missions. Always ready. Always there.
Smart Belt Coalition
In January 2017, the Ohio Department of Transportation joined state agencies and academic institutions in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to form the Smart Belt Coalition. The collaborative effort will support research and testing of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
The Ohio EPA is the state agency responsible for protecting the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws. It’s working closely with DriveOhio to avoid unnecessary delays for the required permits needed for infrastructure improvements.
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