This project will deploy smart logistics solutions along a stretch of I-70 between Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) awarded $4.4 million to a team led by DriveOhio through the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Program.
The I-70 Truck Automation Corridor 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).
This multi-state approach, along with participation from technology providers, truck manufacturers, regional logistics councils and private freight companies, makes this project unique. With partners contributing $4.5 million in matching funds, the total investment in Ohio for this project will be $8.9 million.
The 4-year project will provide freight companies and truck automation vendors an opportunity to deploy partially automated driving technology in daily “revenue service” operations on I-70 between Columbus and Indianapolis.
To ensure the safe deployment of these technologies on public roads, the TRC will be an integral part of this project. Offering professional driver training for host fleets and performing an automation audit of I-70, the data the TRC collects will provide DOT partners the insights they need to ensure their roadways are ready for partially automated vehicles.
During public road testing, a professional driver will be at the wheel always should human intervention be needed. The project data gathered will be shared with USDOT to inform the development of policies and procedures to scale across the United States.