Multimillion dollar project to test driverless cars on roads coming to Ohio

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Ohio has received millions from a federal grant and matching partners to test driverless cars at a track in East Liberty, and then on rural roads (WSYX/WTTE)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- In just one year, driverless cars could be tested on roads in rural Ohio.

This comes after the state was approved for a federal grant worth $7.5 million dollars from the US Department of Transportation. Then, an additional $10.3 in matching funds from partners was pledged. "The testing will start pretty quickly over the next several months," Brett Roubinek, CEO and President of Transportation Research center said.

Testing will start at the TRC center in East Liberty. Then come this time next year, ODOT says automated cars will be tested on roads in rural areas. This could potentially affect up to 32 counties state wide. "There would always be a safety driver on board. We are going to work with the city of Athens, Buckeye hills commission too and also citizens in those areas to make them comfortable with what's going on," said Luke Stedke, Managing Director of Communications for the 'DriveOhio' initiative.