Ohio Paves the Way for Autonomous Vehicles

When it comes to the development, testing and implementation of autonomous vehicles, the state of Ohio is leading the pack.

Columbus, Ohio received a Smart City grant from the federal Department of Transportation a year ago, to continue developing their autonomous vehicle program and the accompanying infrastructure.  This grant, along with several other federal/state funded initiatives have paved the way for promising advancements.

The city of Dublin, Ohio and the Transportation Research Center in Marysville, Ohio are working together to develop large scale testing of autonomous vehicle technologies throughout central Ohio.  More recently, the state announced plans for a “Smart Mobility Corridor”: 35 miles of highway equipped with fiber optic cables.

Combining the efforts of researchers, engineers, tech experts and government officials, Ohio is on the precipice of a transportation revolution.  Their solution is multi-dimensional; and their eggs aren’t all in one basket.  The development of a smart highway that can provide data on traffic flow and travel efficiency can provide more immediate assistance with Ohio’s increasing traffic volume.

Continued research on a variety of deployments for autonomous technology and connected manual vehicles ensures that there can be a harmonious blend of the two on the road in the future.  Essentially, not everyone has to be in an autonomous vehicle for this solution to succeed.

The most important takeaway from Ohio’s example is this: that a revolution in the transportation sector does not require a Star Trek-esque overhaul.  Implementing technology that is ready now while building a system that is easily integrated with inevitable future developments is not only smart, but necessary.

Imagine the smaller changes that have immense benefits: if your car is able to connect to the smart highway, reading the data on traffic flow, and suggest an alternate route to your navigation system that may save you a few minutes.  What if that same data could inform your engine and switch to eco mode, knowing you will be idling for some time on your exit ramp, saving you some gas mileage.

These small applications do not disrupt our current experience of driving, but they fundamentally alter the nature of transportation efficiency.  How can a small shift in data collection in analysis have a big effect on your bottom line?

At ClearObject, our team works to analyze your organization’s systems and technologies, finding a solution that is minimally disruptive to your team’s daily work while changing the way you leverage data.

Clare Maher

Clare Maher is the Product Marketing Manager at ClearObject. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College (#gobelles), Clare can usually be found yelling at the screen during a Notre Dame game, quoting any film ever made or touring the Indy restaurant scene.

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