The I-70 Truck Automation Corridor is a 166-mile stretch of Interstate 70, between Columbus and Indianapolis. Three levels of technology will be deployed: truck platooning, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 2 automation, and SAE Level 4 automation. There will be a professional driver at the wheel at all times. The corridor will advance the adoption of truck automation technologies in the logistics industry by integrating these technologies into truck fleets' daily "revenue service" operations to deliver products across Ohio and Indiana.
The four-year, $8.8 million project is a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), DriveOhio, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC).
Auditing Freeways' Automation Readiness
Before deploying the automation technologies, a roadway audit of I-70 will assess its automation readiness, provide recommendations on changes for infrastructure owners-operators (IOOs), and develop an open-source software tool that assesses the road's automated vehicle (AV) readiness. It can be replicated by IOOs and departments of transportation and/or toll roads around the country.
Sharing Results to Scale Automation
Audit and automation deployment results will be shared with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to develop policies and procedures to scale truck automation across the United States, and design standards for AV-ready freeways.
AV Readiness Guidebook
An AV Readiness Guidebook will be created. The guidebook will provide a combination of findings and lessons learned from the roadway audit. Guidebook content will include type, position, and configuration of sensors, data collection procedures, and data analysis tools and results.
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