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Kasich Issues An Executive Order to Test Driverless Cars about the State

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Karen Kasler
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Statehouse News
Gov. John Kasich signs an executive order to allow testing driverless cars in Ohio.

Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order opening up any public road around the state for testing for driverless vehicles. 

The governor’s order permits autonomous vehicle testing on any public road, but companies must register with the state’s DriveOhio initiative. Communities may participate by signing up, too. Kasich says he’s talked to at least one mayor who’s excited and wants this to be a truly statewide effort.

“We’re not going to permit, by the way – at least as long as I’m here – communities to start blocking this, because then you create a hodge-podge, that is unworkable.”

The order also says operators must have valid licenses and be able to take control of vehicles if needed. Twenty-two other states have gone further and have enacted legislation on autonomous vehicles.