Ohio’s first autonomous shuttle will start accepting passengers

Passengers can ride Ohio’s first self-driving shuttle along the Scioto Mile starting Monday.

Smart Circuit will operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week at no charge to riders. Smart Columbus and DriveOhio, in partnership with Ohio State University, are leading the initiative. The shuttles are operated by May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup. The Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio is the state agency devoted to autonomous-vehicle research.

“Smart Circuit gives us an opportunity to learn more about self-driving technology in real time as we work to improve our city’s transportation ecosystem,” Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said in a news release.

The shuttle, which reaches a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour, will make four stops along the 1.4-mile route along the Scioto Mile at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and the Smart Columbus Experience Center.