Route 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is live: Start your (connected) engines

The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor has gone live after five years of planning and development for testing connected-vehicle technology.

State and local officials announced the opening of the project Wednesday at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty – one anchor of the 35-mile stretch of state Route 33 through Marysville and Dublin. Crews have installed 432 strands of fiber-optic broadband cable in a redundant loop, plus 63 roadside units to communicate with onboard equipment on the first 200 vehicles of a planned 500…

State and local government agencies and Ohio State University teamed up to win a $5.9 million federal grant for the project in 2016. The scope has since moved away from testing autonomous trucks in favor of equipment that can send safety and traffic alerts to drivers.

Honda R&D Americas Inc., the research arm of Honda Motor Co., has deployed more than 200 connected vehicles on the corridor. Honda has extensive operations along the stretch.