driverless cars

The Department of Transportation has announced new federal voluntary guidance on the development and use of automated vehicles — with the goal of "removing unnecessary barriers" to innovation.

Nick Evans / WOSU

On the corner of Fifth and Main in downtown Marysville on Thursday, officials from Honda, government types and curious shop workers hoisted cell phones to see a new smart intersection project in action. Every few minutes, a Honda SUV heads toward the intersection and stops short—the driver warned of a pedestrian, emergency vehicle or red light runner.

Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Driverless vehicles are coming to Columbus.

The green and white self-driving shuttle unveiled by Smart Columbus on Wednesday morning looks something like a small, rectangular minivan. A lot of windows and the logos of partner organizations decorate its sides - Smart Columbus, DriveOhio, May Mobility. 

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Transport Workers Union of America has announced the formation of a statewide coalition to stop autonomous buses from hitting Ohio’s streets.

DriveOhio, the state's clearinghouse for autonomous vehicle testing and smart technology, plans to include Interstates I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton and parts of I-275. It's also helping to further Cincinnati's effort to build a test track for driverless shuttles.

Gov. John Kasich signs an executive order on autonomous vehicle testing at Pillar Technologies in Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order opening up any public road around the state for testing for driverless vehicles.

Greater Cincinnati transportation officials want to help drive the future of autonomous and connected vehicles. They are in the early stages of a plan to build a test track and deploy driverless shuttles.

Adora Namigadde

Central Ohio may be investing heavily in driverless trucks, buses and cars, but the Columbus bus drivers’ union says autonomous buses shouldn't run without staff onboard.

Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio wants to be a leader for the automated vehicles industry. But Gov. John Kasich is warning that as the nation prepares for self-driving cars, it must also prepare for some major consequences.

Proponents of self-driving cars say they'll make the world safer, but autonomous vehicles need to predict what bicyclists are going to do. Now researchers say part of the answer is to have bikes feed information to cars.

A few years ago on Google's campus, Nathaniel Fairfield arranged an unusual lunch break.

He asked a bunch of staff to hop on bikes and ride around and around a self-driving car to collect data. "It was kind of gorgeous," he says.

Driverless cars can't figure out kangaroos

Jul 21, 2017
kangaroo_0.jpg
Bruce Johnson and Kristin Schwab

There's been a lot of talk about how driverless cars will navigate city streets, where pedestrians affect traffic flow. But what about the "pedestrians" of suburban and rural areas? Animal-related car accidents are a real concern for driverless car makers. And so far, engineers have been able to adapt cars to deal with creatures like deer, moose and elk.

Adora Namigadde

An hour northwest of Columbus, the 4500-acre Transportation Research Center in East Liberty is racing to develop the latest vehicle technologies. And Monday it welcomed an important visitor to show off its advancements: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Grendelkhan / Wikimedia Commons

The rise of driverless cars is calling into question the ability of the vehicles to make tough morality decisions in a crash situation. And, solar powered flight is now a reality with a new plane making a trans Atlantic voyage and NASA is developing their own electric flight technology. 

11:00 Cars that drive themselves and drones that bring us the news may seem like things you'd see in a science fiction movie, but they are very real in today's society. On this week's Tech Tuesday, we'll look at how new technologies are standing up to established laws and catch up on the latest gadgets.