Lawmakers Rev Up Study of Autonomous Vehicles

Members of the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee continued hearings last month to examine autonomous and connected vehicles and Ohio’s infrastructure and industry. Presentations were offered by officials from JobsOhio, Ohio Turnpike, DriveOhio and 3M Connected Road Group.

Thomas Huie of 3M, said in his presentation that his company is working with automakers and regulators to develop pavement marking with a higher contrast to improve lane detection for vehicles equipped with machine vision systems and road signs with the capability to communicate with automated driving systems. 

Chairman Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab) said the committee will continue its investigation into smart vehicles in March with a road trip to the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty. The committee will hear testimony from the insurance industry in April and from cybersecurity experts in May.

Interested manufacturers can obtain copies of testimony or learn how to engage with this process by contacting the OMA’s Ryan Augsburger. 2/8/2018