Winning the “Smart City Challenge,” came with a $40 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a $10 million grant from Vulcan Inc. to develop, deploy and share lessons learned about smart mobility solutions that improve safety, mobility, access to opportunity and sustainability. Smart Columbus can be a partner for on-road testing.
The city of Marysville is upgrading traffic signals and equipping at least 1,200 vehicles with communicative systems in order to create a real-world environment where companies, government and academia can develop and test smart technology in a real-life environment.
DriveOhio, the state’s new center for smart mobility, brings together all of the public and private entities involved in building the transportation infrastructure in Ohio with those who are developing the advanced mobility technologies needed to create a smart transportation system.
Transportation Research Center
This world-renowned testing facility has 4,500 acres of road courses and a 7.5-mile, high-speed oval test track, making the TRC the best place to test and validate nearly any vehicle in a controlled environment including off-road and multi-surface testing.
The state of Ohio, The Ohio State University and JobsOhio invested $45 million in the first phase of the Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test (SMART) Center, a state-of-the-art hub at TRC. When finished, the 540-acre SMART Center will enable the testing of new technologies and autonomous and connected vehicles in a closed, safe, secure and real-world environment.
OSU Center for Automotive Research
The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is a preeminent research center focused on intelligent transportation systems, advanced vehicle safety and sustainable mobility. CAR combines a balance of government and privately sponsored research and education programs targeted to industry professionals.
OSU Driving Simulation Laboratory
The Ohio State University’s Driving Simulation Laboratory offers a state-of-the-art facility for measuring driver behavior. The facility provides tools for evaluating in-vehicle systems for infotainment and vehicle guidance to ensure conformance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Smart Projects for Open-Road Testing
Across Ohio are rural, suburban and urban roads for testing. Ohio has four smart projects covering 164 miles of roadway: the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor (35 miles), the I-90 Lake Effect Corridor (60 miles), the Ohio Turnpike (60 miles), and the I-670 Smart Lane (9 miles). There is also a governor’s executive order that allows for driverless vehicle testing throughout the state.
OARnet, a division of the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio Technology Consortium, has created a strong fiber-optic network across Ohio that provides companies direct access to academic resources needed for R&D as well as to powerful computing capabilities needed for simulation and modeling, which includes information sharing through the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is the 33 Corridor Fiber Collaborative, designed to offer companies access to high-speed and redundant fiber-optic service to move large amounts of data across multiple platforms.