Research on driverless vehicles shifting gears

The state of Ohio and Ohio State have committed $45 million to support the university's research in automated-vehicle testing and research. Gov. John Kasich and President Michael V. Drake announced the funding, which will be used to expand the Ohio State-affiliated Transportation Research Center, the nation’s largest independent test track. In addition, the College of Engineering has committed $24 million over five years to hire faculty and staff to support research into autonomous vehicle technology. Ohio State is the lead research partner in the Smart City challenge awarded to Columbus last year by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Smart Columbus will integrate innovative technologies—including self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors—into the transportation network to improve residents' access to jobs, food and health care.