Joe Rinzel: Ohio is leading transportation innovation

Story excerpt provided by The Columbus Dispatch.

By this time next year, hundreds of Ohio government vehicles will be wirelessly communicating data to devices installed along a span from Columbus to East Liberty that could eventually be the nation’s longest driverless-car-ready stretch of highway. The corridor marks the latest in a series of forward-thinking initiatives that are inspiring innovation and drawing private investment to Ohio, while providing a roadmap for how other states can embrace technologies that can have enormous benefits for residents, businesses and economies.

In recent months, workers have been transforming the quiet stretch of Route 33 into a model for autonomous-vehicle innovation. Fiber-optic cables will turn the 35-mile stretch of highway into the Smart Mobility Corridor and position the state as a national leader in driverless-car implementation.

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Originally published October 24, 2017.

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