Self-driving shuttles to soon cruise Columbus streets

Self-driving shuttles are expected to ferry passengers in the capital city’s downtown streets by the holidays.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Columbus and Ohio State University are seeking proposals from companies to operate and maintain low-speed, self-driving shuttle service around the downtown riverfront area known as the Scioto Mile. It will be the first autonomous vehicle shuttle service in Ohio.

The timeline is to have the shuttles tested without passengers in October and November. In December, the shuttles would carry people to the key Scioto Mile destinations: Bicentennial Park, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI,) the soon-to-open National Veterans Memorial and Museum and the Smart Columbus Experience Center – a hands-on museum where people can learn about coming technological changes to transportation in Columbus and around the country.