Gov. John R. Kasich made DriveOhio official with an executive order establishing it as a one-stop shop for researchers, developers and manufacturers to collaborate on autonomous and connected vehicle initiatives in Ohio.
Housed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio is a partnership between ODOT, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission, the Public Utilities Commissions of Ohio, the Department of Insurance, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department.
Ohio is an increasingly important player in smart mobility technologies needed for the nation’s growing autonomous and connected vehicles industry. While DriveOhio is new, Ohio has already made a mark within the industry with key projects including:
- U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, one of the country’s longest highways ready for autonomous and connected driving
- “Smart Columbus,” winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge
- I-90 Lake Effect Corridor, a stretch of I-90 that will enable connectivity to monitor driving conditions in lake-effect snow
- Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile, four-lane test bed for autonomous and connected vehicles
- I-670 Smart Lane, a project using a shoulder to create a “smart lane” during peak traffic times
Gov. Kasich’s order brings together those responsible for building transportation infrastructure with those who are developing advanced mobility technologies. It provides a statewide, single point of entry for companies and innovators to test and build smart mobility technologies collaboratively. It establishes an infrastructure for developing and establishing statewide standards and strategic recommendations concerning the types and use of technology for deployment as well as their financing. And it provides a coordination point with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Department of Higher Education, and the Department of Job and Family Services on industry-related job creation.