The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration recently awarded a $4.4 million grant to the Ohio Department of Transportation to help support the completion of the Interstate 70 truck automation corridor project, which will help advance truck automation technologies through the deployment of this technology along I-70 in both Ohio and Indiana.
“This $4.4 million DOT grant is good news for Ohio and economic development and job creation in the state. This federal grant will help further facilitate the partnerships between the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio, and the Indiana Department of Transportation to leverage innovative autonomous driving technology,” said U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).
The Ohio Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Transportation, and DriveOhio have partnered on this undertaking, with partners contributing $4.5 million in matching funds, for a total investment of $8.9 million. The group will share data to scale up the use of this technology within the transportation system and identify infrastructure needs of the interstate system as the number of automated vehicles on the roads continues to increase. This project will assist in the development of state DOT roadway automation installation, maintenance, and regulatory standards as this technology is scaled across the nation.
“Partnership is key to success, the project team assembled features state DOTs, technology providers and the men and women of the freight industry. We at the Ohio Department of Transportation and DriveOhio are excited for positive economic impacts this project will have in Ohio,” said Jack Marchbanks, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation.
This is not Ohio’s first involvement with autonomous vehicle testing. In 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced a $15 million investment to turn a 35-mile stretch of Route 33, located outside Columbus, into a testing ground for autonomous vehicles.