Nearly $6 million in a federal grant award will fund wireless communication technology necessary for connected and autonomous vehicle testing and research along the U.S. Route 33 corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $5,997,500 to Union County and the cities of Marysville and Dublin for the Northwest U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor. The funding is to be used for dedicated short range communications along the corridor. There are more than 50 automotive-related companies along the corridor, including Honda of America Manufacturing's North American headquarters and Ohio State University's Transportation Research Center. Dublin Chief Information Officer Doug McCollough was at a conference and couldn't be reached for comment earlier this week. City Manager Dana McDaniel was on vacation and also could not be reached for comment. Eric Phillips, executive director of Union County Community Improvement Corporation, said Battelle Memorial Institute drafted the grant for a team that included Union County, the cities of Dublin and Marysville, Honda, OSU and the Transportation Research Center. "The real work begins now," Phillips said.
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