Ohio welcomes autonomous vehicle testing to its roads

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Ohio Governor John Kasich signed an executive order on May 9 to open the state’s roads to AV test programs. Ohio joins 33 other US states to have announced AV initiatives, issued executive orders or enacted legislation to allow the testing of autonomous vehicles.

The five-page document states that Ohio wants to “maintain its leadership role nationally and globally as a premier testing ground for autonomous vehicle technologies.”

It will allow the testing of Level 3-5 AVs on all public roads and highways. Provisions are included for the testing of AVs without an operator in the vehicle, although in that case, authorities need to be informed of the routes and areas in which testing will be performed. The full document can be accessed here.

By Illya Verpraet

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