self-driving cars

Ohio continues to give the green light to businesses that want to help pioneer the development of self-driving vehicles. Just last week at a COSI conference, Lt. Governor Jon Husted was wooing Toyota, Waymo, Ford, the American Trucking Associations, AAA and others.

Ohio has received $17.8 million to generate data on self-driving vehicles, an area of research in which the state is already playing a prominent role, according to the state's U.S. senators.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 11: 

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Gov. John Kasich talked about one of his favorite subjects – partnering with community colleges to develop workers’ high tech skills – as he opened the Midwestern Governors Association workforce summit Wednesday.  He also talked about what he said won’t be changing when it comes to Ohio’s workforce.

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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.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 19:

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, October 17th:

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We are likely still a generation away from seeing self-driving cars as the main mode of transportation. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, for the Ohio Department of Transportation, the future is now.

When ODOT carries out a road construction project, the agency will now be looking at ways to make sure the road can accommodate automated vehicle technology in the future. Jim Barna with ODOT says having roads ready for self-driving cars will be an asset for Ohio’s growing urban areas.

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Ohio is continuing to try to position itself as the epicenter of the self-driving industry. The Ohio Department of Transportation's Matt Bruning says the state has two smart corridors with two more in the works. He says technology companies like Ohio's variable climate and scenery.

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Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is looking to the future with the development of concept tires for self-driving cars.

The tire maker unveiled its new concepts Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

The tires feature connectivity, adjust to weather and adapt to changing road conditions.

Spokesman Keith Price says reduced driver interaction in the future will call for smarter tires that can react quickly.