Features International News — 28 November 2016

Ohio will be the next US state to trial Otto’s autonomous trucks with officials announcing new investments to support innovation in transport.

A 35-mile (56km) stretch of the Route 33 between Dublin and East Liberty will see self-driving trucks tested in real-world conditions in traffic from this week.

“The section of Route 33 — a four-lane, divided road — is an important piece of autonomous vehicle research in the state and will become a corridor where new technologies can be safely tested in real-life traffic,” Ohio state officials said.

According to Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning, the highway will play a vital road for research.

“Certainly we think it’s going to be one of the foremost automotive research corridors in the world,” Bruning said.

The self-driving truck is also expected to travel next week on part of the Ohio Turnpike, a 241-mile (387km) toll road that connects the East Coast and Chicago.

The Ohio tests follow a successful 120-mile self-driving beer delivery truck travelled 120 miles (193km) through Colorado without intervention.

Ohio has a significant automotive industry and seasonal weather changes, making it the ideal testing ground according to state officials.

 

 

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