Ohio officials break ground on world’s largest autonomous car testing facility

Ohio’s Transportation Research Center broke ground on what will be the world’s largest autonomous-vehicle testing facility this week, in a boost to business and research on self-driving cars in the Midwest state.

TRC’s 4,500-acre campus in East Liberty will, since the groundbreaking on Monday, now also house the 540-acre, $45 million SMART Center. TRC is North America’s largest vehicle testing center and has evaluated prototypes for new cars, trucks, and motorcycles for safety, energy, fuel consumption, and other criteria for nearly 40 years.