The OSU affiliated Transportation Research has been funded to the tune of $45 million to support research into driverless cars. The funding comes both from OSU and the state of Ohio. The announcement was made by President Drake and Governor Kasich.
Drake, in his speech, said People say we’re the rust belt. That’s offensive to me; I think we’re the knowledge belt.”
Kasich stated that “My goal was to move us off of being just a manufacturing town. Kasich said the investment fits a larger goal of modernizing the state’s economy and work force.
In addition to the university and state funding, the College of Engineering has committed $24 million over five years to hire faculty and staff to support research into autonomous vehicle technology.
The $45 million in new funding is part of an eventual $100 million improvement of the TRC in East Liberty, Ohio. The center is the nation’s largest independent test track.
The announcement follows several recent moves that highlight Ohio State’s leading role in advancing the future of transportation. Last year, Ohio State was named the lead research partner in the $140 million Smart City program.
Smart Cities partners the university, the City of Columbus and local organizations to transform Central Ohio into a premier transportation innovation region.