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Ohio Gives Green Light to Testing AVs on Public Roads

​On May 8 Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order authorizing autonomous vehicle (AV) testing in the Buckeye state.

The order authorizes researchers to test on Ohio roadways as long as their vehicles meet certain safety requirements and are capable of complying with Ohio traffic regulations, while also requesting AVs undergoing testing are registered with DriveOhio, the Buckeye state's "one-stop shop" for mobility initiatives established back on Jan. 18.

051118ohio.jpgOther items within Ohio's AV testing order include:

  • Each AV being tested must have a "designated operator" who is an employee of the company performing the tests.
  • Designated operators must have a valid driver's license and are required to monitor the vehicle at all times and report any accidents that occur.
  • The creation a voluntary Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program to assist local governments in working with automotive and technology companies to advance technologies in their communities. 
  • Municipalities get an opportunity to work directly with DriveOhio to create an inventory of testing locations that offer a variety of traffic and terrain scenarios.

"Our great state stands ready to once again launch a new era in transportation," Gov. Kasich (pictured above) said. "We have the diversity in weather and terrain that are essential to advancing these new technologies. The sooner these vehicles are safely fine-tuned, the sooner they can make a significant reduction in the 40,000 traffic deaths we have in this country every year."

Photo: Gov. John Kaisch / Ohio Governor's Office

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