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Much like Columbus' other self-driving shuttles, the LEAP vehicles can seat 12 and include one operator overseeing the technology.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has suspended 16 self-driving shuttles across the country operated by the company EasyMile following an incident in Columbus' Linden neighborhood last week.

Ohio continues to give the green light to businesses that want to help pioneer the development of self-driving vehicles. Just last week at a COSI conference, Lt. Governor Jon Husted was wooing Toyota, Waymo, Ford, the American Trucking Associations, AAA and others.

Columbus debuted driverless shuttles in a loop around the Scioto Mile in December 2018.
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Ohio has received $17.8 million to generate data on self-driving vehicles, an area of research in which the state is already playing a prominent role, according to the state's U.S. senators.

A styrofoam car used for simulations at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty.
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East Liberty's Transportation Research Center celebrated the opening of a new $45 million SMARTCenter to test automated cars in real-world environments.

The Transportation Union of America stands in front of a bus stop on North Third Street to protest autonomous buses.
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Fully autonomous city buses might be years away, but the coalition People Before Robots is already voicing concerns about safety and jobs.  The statewide group met Thursday night in Linden.

May Mobility, an Ann Arbor start-up, supplied the driverless shuttles hold five people and a fleet attendant, to Columbus. They did a similar experiment in Detroit.
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Both outgoing Gov. John Kasich and incoming Gov. Mike DeWine have talked about autonomous vehicles in Ohio’s economy. State lawmakers say they’ve been studying the industry for the last 14 months, and they’ve now issued a report on what they can do to help.

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Your phone tracks your location. 

That's not new information. But what these companies do with this data is the subject of a new New York Times investigation. 

Tech companies that collect users' location turn around and sell it to advertisers for targetted marketing. 

Today on All Sides, how to stop apps from tracking your location, Ohio’s autonomous bus  and more.

Columbus debuted driverless shuttles in a loop around the Scioto Mile in December 2018.
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It’s a balmy 27 degrees when I wander down to the Scioto River to hop into one of Ohio’s first self-driving shuttles. The green-and-white, six-person van stops at COSI, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Bicentennial Park and the Smart Columbus experience center – or at least, that’s the plan.

In the not-too-distant future, fully autonomous vehicles will drive our streets. These cars will need to make split-second decisions to avoid endangering human lives — both inside and outside of the vehicles.

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.

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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.

Driverless shuttles debuted in Columbus in December 2018 as part of the Smart Columbus grant.
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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. 

The Transportation Union of America stands in front of a bus stop on North Third Street to protest autonomous buses.
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The Transport Workers Union of America has announced the formation of a statewide coalition to stop autonomous buses from hitting Ohio’s streets.

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Gov. John Kasich and The Ohio State University broke ground this week on a $45 million transportation center, three times larger than Disneyland, that will be used to test self-driving vehicles.

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.

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