Dublin, US is preparing
Since 1974, the city of Dublin, Ohio has been home to the Transportation Research Center (TRC), a 4,500-acre proving ground operated by a non-profit organization and owned by Ohio State University (OSU). The nation’s largest independent test facility is used by all major automakers with nearly 1,000 different customers. As TRC looks to double its business over the next five years amidst the self-driving boom, the group has partnered with Intel’s Internet of Things-focused subsidiary Wind River, OSU, and the City of Dublin to collaborate on AV and connected transportation technologies throughout the larger Columbus metropolitan area. Doug McCollough, Dublin’s chief information officer (CIO), says the effort “can be a benchmark for the nation in the area of intelligent research to improve safety and increase mobility, as well as address environmental challenges via more efficient transportation.”
The state of Ohio has committed $45 million to expand OSU’s 540-acre SMART Center, a research hub on the TRC campus, and last year deployed fiber optic cables and sensors along a 35-mile stretch of a nearby highway, U.S. 33, where Uber’s self-driving truck group Otto has already carried out tests.