Self-driving truck will travel U.S. 33 this week

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced a $15-million investment to a 35-mile stretch of U.S 33 between Dublin and East Liberty.

A self-driving truck, called OTTO, will travel along a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33, as well as the Ohio Turnpike, later this week.

Kasich said Ohio is continuing to build its reputation as a leader in smart mobility.

The Smart Mobility Corridor will be 35 miles of four-lane, limited access highway between Dublin and East Liberty.

This is just the beginning,” Kasich said. 

These trucks are also being tested in Ohio, which Kasich believes makes them better prepared for any condition.

“You want to test when it rains,” said Kasich. “You want to test when it snows. You want to test when it’s slippery.”

Kasich added these self-driving truckers may place the jobs of truckers’ jobs in jeopardy, but it said it has benefits.

“People can find themselves in better jobs. This is not a zero sum game,” he said. 

Work to install sensors and a fiber optic network along the corridor is schedule to begin in May 2017 and last throughout the summer.

 

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