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With Smart Projects Across the State, Ohio’s an Ideal Location for Testing Autonomous and Connected Technologies
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33 Smart Mobility Corridor
33 Smart Mobility Corridor, one of the country’s premiere smart highways for autonomous and connected testing
Connected Marysville
Connected Marysville, a testbed for connected vehicles
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
33 Smart Mobility Corridor
33 Smart Mobility Corridor, one of the country’s premiere smart highways for autonomous and connected testing
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
I-670 SmartLane
I-670 SmartLane, a project using a shoulder to create a “smart lane” during peak traffic times
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
Ground-Based Detect and Avoid Drone Pilot
The state of Ohio and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton have invested $5 million to install a ground-based detect-and-avoid radar system at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
Smart Columbus
“Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
I-90 Lake Effect Corridor
I-90 Lake Effect Corridor, a stretch of I-90 that will enable connectivity to monitor driving conditions in lake-effect snow
I-90 Lake Effect Corridor
I-90 Lake Effect Corridor, a stretch of I-90 that will enable connectivity to monitor driving conditions in lake-effect snow
Ohio Turnpike
Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile, four-lane test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles
Ohio Turnpike
Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile, four-lane test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles
Ohio Turnpike
Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile, four-lane test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles
Ohio Turnpike
Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile, four-lane test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles
33 Smart Mobility Corridor
The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 in Ohio between Dublin and East Liberty through Marysville that will serve as a real-world proving ground for autonomous and connected vehicles. The Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments are equipping the road with high-capacity fiber-optic cable and roadside sensors that will instantaneously link researchers and traffic monitors with data generated from communication units installed in vehicles and wireless sensors along the roadway. The The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is one of the country’s premiere smart highways for autonomous and connected testing.
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Smart Columbus
In 2016, Columbus beat 77 other cities to win the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The award came with a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a $10 million grant from Vulcan Inc. This money provided the seed funding for “Smart Columbus,” a regional initiative led by the city of Columbus and the Columbus Partnership.

Smart Columbus is creating a first-of-its-kind smart transportation system to improve the quality of life for residents of central Ohio. More specifically, it will develop and deploy smart mobility projects that improve access to jobs, expand logistics capabilities, connect residents to safe and reliable transportation, give visitors accessible transportation options, and support a sustainable transportation system.
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I-90 Lake Effect Corridor
A stretch of I-90 through Lake and Ashtabula counties sits in the middle of the Lake Erie “Snow Belt,” a geographical area that receives significantly more snow than the rest of northeast Ohio. Driving on this part of I-90 can be particularly treacherous during whiteouts caused by lake-effect snow. Heavy snowfalls have caused numerous accidents, some involving as many as 50 cars.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is equipping 60 miles of I-90 with short-range digital communication units. It’s also going to test wireless technologies designed to send and receive data from those units as well as units on public service vehicles. The data, combined with new variable speed limit signs, will help local officials and law enforcement better manage the roadway to reduce crashes and fatalities.
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Ground-Based Detect and Avoid Drone Pilot
The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio, received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system. The UAS Center supports the R&D, testing, certification and commercialization of UAS systems.

The state of Ohio and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton have invested $5 million to install a ground-based sense-and-avoid radar system at the airport. The system gives the airport the unique capability of flying drones beyond the operator’s visual line of sight. The AFRL will use the system initially to test UAS, but universities and private companies will also be able to conduct testing at the airport.
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Ohio Turnpike
The 241-mile Ohio Turnpike is long, straight and flat, making it an ideal open road site for testing autonomous and connected vehicles. The turnpike is outfitted – end to end – with fiber-optic cable, and it already has been a testing site for self-driving trucks. Roadside units will be installed in a 60-mile stretch of the turnpike and onboard units will be installed and operational in fleet vehicles during the first quarter of 2018, giving the Ohio Turnpike Commission the ability to produce traffic and weather alerts for digitally connected vehicles and to use vehicle and road condition data to make better decisions about treating roads and managing incidents.
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Connected Marysville
The Ohio Department of Transportation is working with the city of Marysville, Ohio, and Honda to create one of the largest deployments of connected vehicles in the country. Honda is installing onboard units in vehicles of its employees who live in Marysville. The city and state, meanwhile, are installing onboard units in government and law enforcement vehicles as well as in vehicles of volunteers. The goal of the project is to have onboard units in 1,200 to 1,500 vehicles – or 10 percent of the traffic in Marysville. In addition, the city is installing smart and connected traffic signals that will use data from the vehicles to manage signal timing, detect pedestrians and prevent collisions.
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I-670 SmartLane
The Ohio Department of Transportation is starting construction on the state’s first SmartLane, a nine-mile stretch of I-670 between downtown Columbus and John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The Ohio Department of Transportation is turning the eastbound shoulder into a lane that drivers can use during peak traffic. The SmartLane will feature digital signage along the route to announce whether it’s open or closed and to constantly update drivers about road conditions and the variable speed limit. The SmartLane will also be outfitted with high-definition cameras so traffic monitors can constantly watch conditions on the road. The cost to develop the SmartLane, which will be used only during peak congestion, is significantly less than the cost of building an additional lane.
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