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Self-driving truck being tested on Ohio highway and turnpike

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A self-driving truck is scheduled to take a ride on the Ohio Turnpike this week.

The truck operated by Otto, a developer of self-driving vehicle technology, has already traveled 35 miles from Dublin to East Liberty, Ohio on the U.S. Route 33 Smart Mobility Corridor on Wednesday.

The truck is part of a $15 million project to install advanced highway technology along the corridor.

The Smart Mobility Corridor, 35 miles of four-lane, limited access highway between Dublin and East Liberty, northwest of Columbus, will be equipped by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with high-capacity fiber optic cable to instantaneously link researchers and traffic monitors with data from embedded and wireless sensors along the roadway.

The links will allow the automotive testing, research and manufacturing facilities to test smart transportation technologies on a highway that carries up to 50,000 vehicles per day through rural and urban settings in a full range of weather conditions.

The data will also provide more frequent and accurate traffic counts, weather and surface condition monitoring, and incident management improvements.

“Data collected on this corridor will allow automotive innovators to test and refine jobs creating technologies that are going to help move people and products more safely and efficiently than ever before,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “By being one of the first – and best positioned – states to embrace autonomous and connected vehicle technology, Ohio can also be among the first to benefit from its rewards, giving Ohioans a safer, better driving experience and offering businesses reduced transportation costs, faster access to markets and increased efficiencies,” he said.

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