The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research, with Ohio State University (OSU) announcing an appropriation for a new Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center.
Autonomous vehicles and related technology will be evaluated at the facility prior to deployment on public roads.
OSU College of Engineering dean David Williams says the mobility research will partly concentrate on universal standards for wireless communication between vehicles and sensors on road infrastructure.
OSU's Carla Bailo says one application will involve the school integrating city and regional planning principles with smart tech advances and policies to boost job and healthcare accessibility to low-income residents.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Columbus $40 million in a Smart City Challenge, with Bailo noting OSU faculty participated "to determine the public benefit as we deploy technology and gather and analyze data."
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