Randy Cole, the executive director of the Ohio Turnpike, is busy marketing what Ohio is doing. He met March 8 and 9, 2017 with Uber in Pittsburgh. Uber is using self-driving cars to pick up passengers there. As this video shows there is a driver on board just in case.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Press Secretary Matt Bruning says the state is willing to work with anyone. “That’s really our goal, to make Ohio the epicenter of this industry and we think we’re well on the way of doing that.”
ODOT, the Ohio Turnpike, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety are partnering with the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio and Ohio State University. The research center is working with car manufacturers.