This project in Southeast Ohio will deploy automated transportation solutions focused on Ohio’s rural roads and highways. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $7.5 million Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grant to an Ohio-based team of industry, academia and community partners.
DriveOhio, with support from across the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Transportation Research Center Inc. (TRC) will lead the project. Other partners include The Ohio State University, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati.
The four-year plan will test the safe integration of automated driving systems onto our nation’s roadways and evaluate potential economic impacts of this technology. With partners contributing $10.3 million in matching funds, the total investment in Ohio for this project will be $17.8 million.
Testing of automated driving systems will be conducted in all seasons, day and night, as well as paved and unpaved roads. Some testing will also occur during periods of limited visibility and in work zones. A driver will be behind the wheel at all times should human intervention be needed.
In regions where on-road testing is to take place, local officials will take part in pre-planning and community meetings will be held in advance to inform the public. These deployments will be coordinated by academic partners and led by the TRC.
The first year of the project is focused on planning, followed by iterative deployments during the following three years.