Autonomous vehicles on display in Toledo - The Blade

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The sports utility, which has a host of other “smart” features, was on display Friday morning during the latest in the “Technology Takes the Wheel” seminar series at the University of Toledo, co-sponsored by the American Automobile Association.

Friday’s program focused on systems in and along roadways being developed to support vehicular automation, with representatives of the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and Cincinnati-based Venture Smarter each giving presentations.

But when they and others on an ensuing panel were asked what local communities should be doing now to prepare for increasing degrees of automation, smoother roads with better markings were among the recommendations.

 Zach Huhn, chief executive of the Venture Smarter technology collaborative, said that for the higher-tech aspects of automated travel, public agencies should let the automotive sector lead the way rather than risk getting stuck with expensive, but incompatible, systems.

Mr. Cole said vehicle automation is more about traffic safety than futurism. Worldwide, he said, car accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 29, and the turnpike alone spends $1 million a year repairing crash damage.

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