The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $5,997,500.00 million grant to the City of Dublin, the City of Marysville and Union County for the advancement of the Northwest US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor in Ohio. The USDOT grant will provide funding for Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) along the corridor for connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle testing and research.
The NW US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is home to more than 50 automotive-related companies including the North American headquarters for Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and The Ohio State University’s Transportation Research Center that includes a 7.5-mile automotive test track. The expansion of fiber-optics and smart mobility apparatus along the corridor will solidify the importance of technological advancements in smart mobility for the automotive sector.
The City of Columbus “Smart Columbus” vision won the US Department of Transportation $40-million Smart City Challenge in June after competing against 77 cities nationwide. (Earlier post.) Smart Columbus includes testing autonomous vehicles at Easton and connected vehicle technology in in a number of Columbus locations. The City of Columbus is matching the USDOT grant with its own funds, along with $90 million in pledges from public and private sector partners.