World’s biggest self-driving-vehicle test track to open in Ohio this year

By the end of the year, the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty will open the first portion of what will be world’s biggest autonomous vehicle testing facility.

TRC, Ohio State University and the state of Ohio broke ground on the $45 million, 540-acre Smart Center on Monday, the first portion of which, a high-speed intersection, should be functional by the end of the year.

Governor John Kasich hailed the new project as the global epicenter for testing autonomous vehicle technology.

“I said seven years ago that Ohio needs to be cool,” Kasich said. “This is one aspect of the things we are doing to get Ohio on the map.”

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