Ohio State helps introduce new smart shuttles to Columbus

DriveOhio’s new shuttles will operate along the Scioto Mile, allowing passengers to travel to the Smart Columbus Experience Center, COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Bicentennial Park…

The project comes from the combined work of DriveOhio, a new initiative within the Ohio Department of Transportation; Smart Columbus, an initiative focused on improving economic growth and quality of life through technological advancements; and Ohio State University….

Engineers at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, or CAR, have played a key role in making this project possible. Maryn Weimer, senior associate director of CAR, said DriveOhio goes to CAR for research purposes to make sure safety and efficiency goals are met.

Weimer said while this is the first major project CAR and DriveOhio have collaborated on, but that CAR already had a dedication to smart mobility and vehicle autonomy in its recent projects.