Ohio to play key role in driverless cars, transportation research

Story excerpt provided by Springfield News-Sun.

Written by Matt Sanctis.

The Transportation Research Center just outside East Liberty wants to expand rapidly and attract new customers as state leaders and analysts say the region has quickly become known as an emerging center for high-tech automotive research.

The center has served for decades as a 4,500-acre playground where manufacturers and engineers could test prototypes of the newest sports cars, motorcycles and trucks long before they’re ever unveiled for the public.

The proving grounds has long kept a low profile, despite serving more than 1,000 customers and nearly every automaker — until now.

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Originally published June 19, 2017.

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