Ohio receives $4.4M to test self-driving truck tech along I-70

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced it is awarding $4.4 million for a project that would build the smart infrastructure to allow freight companies and truck automation vendors to deploy partially automated truck technology during daily services between Columbus and Indianapolis.

The project is called the I-70 Truck Automation Corridor, and is a collaboration led by DriveOhio, which is an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation that focuses on automated and connected transportation technology. This collaboration includes ODOT as well as the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Transportation Research Center. It also includes participation from technology providers, truck manufacturers, regional logistics councils and private freight companies, in total contributing another $4.5 million in matching funds, bringing the grand total for project in Ohio to $8.9 million.