OH, PA, MI create 'smart' mobility cluster

This is the latest announcement from The State of Ohio, which is home to The Regional Smart Cities Initiative.

"The Ohio State University is teaming up with academic institutions and transportation agencies in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania on connected and automated vehicle initiatives.

The Smart Belt Coalition (SBC) brings together leaders to support vehicle technology research, testing, policy, funding pursuits and deployment, as well as share data and provide unique opportunities for private-sector testers.

While coalition membership may expand in the future, other participating agencies and universities include: the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio; Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation and Turnpike Commission; University of Michigan; and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

"The Smart Belt Coalition allows the core competencies of each outstanding organization to be utilized and enhanced,” said Carla Bailo, Ohio State’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development. “We will lead smart mobility in academia and prepare our students for future endeavors.  Further, a multi-state initiative gives us additional leverage in terms of project size and research dollars toward making our roadways safe and secure for all future modes of transportation.”

*This was originally posted at venturesmarter.com