High-tech corridor in Marysville cruising towards self-driving cars

It looks like we are one step closer to the future when it comes to self-driving cars. (WSYX/WTTE)

It looks like we are one step closer to the future when it comes to self-driving cars.

Right now Ohio is connecting to that technology, it's happening right along the 33 corridor between Dublin and East Liberty.

ODOT just finished installing fiber optic cables. The fiber lines will talk to your car and give ODOT up to the minute information about hazards on the roadway.

"We're looking at vehicle to vehicle communication as well as vehicles communicating with infrastructure, " said Executive Director of Drive Ohio, Jim Barna.

You know that winter blast we had Thursday morning, with smart technology, Barna says ODOT crews could have responded quicker to the change in road conditions.

"So, if it's heavy congestion on certain corridors or icy conditions, that information can be fed immediately to other vehicles and instantly to our deicing vehicles, " Barna said.

This would help keep the roads safer.

The 33 Smart corridor runs right through Marysville, city leaders there are already tapping into the technology and hoping for an economic boost.

The city has purchased 200 acres near the corridor for an Innovation Industrial Parkway.

"We are just positioning ourselves to be in the position to accommodate the types of advance manufacturing companies that would be interested in being along the 33 corridor," said Marysville City Manager Terry Emery.

The future is closer than you think. By the end of the year, ODOT wants to equip at least 400 cars that use that corridor with smart devices that will gather information and share it with ODOT.

Barna says the smart information gathered will remain anonymous.

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