New $17.8 million study aims to accelerate self-driving cars’ performance in rural Ohio

The state of Ohio announced Tuesday it will start a $17.8 million project to boost work and research toward a self-driving vehicle network around the state – particularly in rural areas.

DriveOhio, the state’s autonomous vehicle program, will use the money on a four-year study of automated vehicle technology. The study will include taking self-driving cars (with a human driver present in each vehicle) on trips around rural areas such as Southeast Ohio, as well as research testing at the Transportation Research Center’s proving ground northwest of Columbus, according to Brett Roubinek, TRC’s president and CEO.

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Story excerpt provided by The Plain Dealer.

Written by Jeremy Pelzer.

Originally published September 10, 2019.

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