Ohio to develop smart mobility center

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ohio is planning to develop a smart-mobility center to prioritize connected technologies and pave the way for autonomous vehicles in the state, according to an executive order signed by Gov. John Kasich.

DriveOhio, an intersectional mobility project aiming to unite the public and private sectors, will "allow for a more rapid deployment of interoperable smart mobility technologies," the state's Department of Transportation said in a statement.

The bulk of the plan is meant to streamline transportation projects with intelligent components. Relying on federal regulations is too costly and time consuming, and the state is willing to invest in bringing together government, the industry and research partners.

The state has issued a $5 million request for proposals for a public-private partnership to make the center a reality, offering an estimated 18-month contract. Proposals must be submitted before Feb. 12 for the project launch sometime in late spring.

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