Ohio State University (OSU) and the city of Dublin, Ohio, have formed a partnership to bring connected and self-driving vehicle research to Ohio’s Smart Mobility Corridor.
A partnership between Dublin, OSU, the Transportation Research Center (TRC), and the Intel-owned software firm Wind River aim to “develop strategies and technologies that safely and securely increase the pace, quality, development, testing, and deployment of self-driving and other connected vehicle technologies,” according to the Tuesday newsletter from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
The alliance comes after two years of self-driving vehicle technology research in Ohio, which has positioned itself as a transportation technology center.
Gov. John Kasich committed $15 million towards a Smart Mobility Corridor along U.S. Route 33 in December to serve as a live research environment for self-driving vehicles, while TRC, the nation’s largest transportation testing facility and home to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Research and Test Center, also operates out of the region.
Technologies emphasized in the new research partnership also will include vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, connected vehicle cockpit software, smart sensing and mapping, and data collection. The first phase of the project will be rolling lab test vehicles that Wind River will build with the help of Ohio State students, according to an article by Ohio’s StateScoop and reprinted by AASHTO.
“To realize autonomous driving for the masses, a variety of players must come together with an aligned understanding,” Marques McCammon, general manager of connected vehicle solutions at Wind River said in a news release.
Each member in the partnership will bring a different technology expertise. Wind River will use its experience in mission-critical software development to advance research and lead project development, and Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) will “be instrumental in the algorithm development and integration of the collaboration’s test vehicles.”
The university plans to provide hands-on support to produce the next generation of autonomous vehicle researchers, and places importance in sustainable systems and mobility research with a variety of private and public funding.
The U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, the name given to two 35-mile routes where this project will be tested, is equipped with high-capacity fiber-optic cables — courtesy of the Ohio Department of Transportation — that are capable of transmitting road data to researchers. The City of Dublin serves as the endpoint of the corridor, and according to the City of Dublin’s Chief Information Officer Doug McCollough, the city embraces the challenge that this advanced vehicle research brings to the region.
“By collaborating with some of the sharpest minds in their respective areas, we can help forge a safe and smart path to grow autonomous driving and, ultimately, a better connected city that enriches the lives of our people,” McCollough said.