Dublin latest city to agree to participate in DriveOhio

Dublin is the latest city to join autonomous vehicle pilot program DriveOhio (Courtesy: DriveOhio)

Dublin is the latest city to join the autonomous vehicle pilot program DriveOhio.

The Columbus suburb plans to equip about 1,200 vehicles with onboard units that can communicate with short-range communications devices in roads, traffic lights and other infrastructure. The data will be used to notify drivers, traffic managers and law enforcement about road and traffic conditions.

“Self-driving cars are going to reshape our transportation system, and we want to be ready for it,” said Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel. “The best way to prepare for an autonomous future is to begin integrating these technologies into our vehicles and infrastructure. Participating in the pilot program will make it easier for us to do that.”

The program, created in 2018 by Kasich, connects private industries with cities that want to be testing sites for autonomous and connected vehicle technology. Cities like Athens, Columbus, and Marysville have already signed agreements with DriveOhio.

“Companies that create technologies for autonomous and connected vehicles want to test their innovations in real-world environments and Ohio offers the best variety of conditions and locations for that,” said Jim Barna, executive director of DriveOhio. “Our Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program connects these companies with communities that want to serve as test beds.”

DriveOhio provides tries to help municipalities who participate in their program through these ways:

  • It helps communities determine specific locations to promote, such as neighborhoods that have particular needs (e.g. first mile/last mile issues) or regions designated as specific districts (e.g. entertainment or commercial).
  • It helps municipalities figure out what attributes they have that would be particularly attractive to researchers and testers, such as geography, population density, unique weather patterns the availability of a connected vehicle infrastructure.
  • It helps communities educate their local law enforcement about autonomous and connected vehicles.
  • It promotes the partnerships to companies and other organizations that partner with DriveOhio.

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