The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor

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Where the Future of Transportation is Proven.

The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is a prime location for the testing of connected vehicle technology.

Along the corridor lies rapidly growing, top-rated, and internationally-recognized suburban and exurban communities. It is here where you will find one of the largest concentrations of advanced manufacturing, logistics, and automotive integrators in the Midwest.

Here, industry works collaboratively with government and academia to safely test the future of transportation technology. And we’re just getting started.

“At the Ohio Department of Transportation, safety is our first priority. The technology solutions that have and will be tested on the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor will save lives. As we develop the transportation system of the 21st century, Ohio will be present in a smart mobility future that will support the companies and jobs to help Ohioans succeed in an ever changing economy. The Beta District is an important partner as we work to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.” – Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D., Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation

SEE THE BETA DISTRICT ADVANTAGE

  • 70+ automotive companies
  • #2 area in the U.S. for auto production
  • $15 million ODOT fiber network installation
  • $5.9 million USDOT Smart Infrastructure Grant
  • $45 million TRC SMARTCenter
  • $3.4 million local (Marysville) matches
  • $100M invested in smart infrastructure
  • $6M grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation
  • Collaboration with Smart Columbus, winner of $40 million USDOT Smart City Challenge and $10 million Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grants.
  • More than $105M of private/public investments to create a 432-strand fiber optic system along a heavily traveled, limited access highway connected to 91 small towers operating radios using DSRC technology and programmed to use the full 5.9 GHz spectrum
  • Top 15 city for STEM talent (WalletHub)

KEY PARTNERS

33 Smart Mobility Corridor: Living Lab Features

  • 35-miles of freeway traveled by 56,000+ vehicles per day
  • Testing in all four weather seasons
  • Testing in rural, exurban, suburban, and urban land-use scenarios
  • 432 strands of roadside fiber installed with high ability to expand
  • 63 roadside units installed
  • Developing an online repository for collected data from vehicles
  • 29 connected intersections in Marysville
  • 16 connected vehicle intersections in Dublin, including a multi-lane roundabout
  • Testing low-altitude air traffic management system to ensure unmanned aircraft can operate safely.
  • Three data centers in Dublin

Be a Part of Something Bigger.

In The Beta District, collaboration is more than a buzzword. Here, we work together to solve challenges that seem impossible. We think big and proactively work together to remove barriers to success.

While many say that, we live it.

Here, industry and academia work together to gather research, analyze data, and deploy new variations of technology. Government agencies from local, state, and federal bodies work side-by-side with businesses and non-profits to launch innovative projects.

And here, industry and startup leaders alike aspire to share the knowledge that will one day spur progress. Together with our partners, we’re creating smart mobility assets that allow for “right-size” design of new technology that increase safety and improve traffic flow.

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Key Resources & Partnerships

The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is positioned to continue to build Ohio’s role as a world leader in transportation technology, thanks to key partnerships and collaborations.

Transportation Research Center

The largest independent automotive proving grounds in North America that is home to the most expansive connected and automated (CV/AV) testing center in the country.

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The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research

Promoting safety and innovation
in modern vehicles.

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DriveOhio

Your one-stop-shop for developing, testing, and deploying advanced mobility solutions in Ohio.

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Smart Columbus

Reinventing mobility with the smart city initiative for the Columbus Region.

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Honda R&D Americas

Creating new value in North America.

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FlyOhio

With a wide range of potential applications, The Beta District offers a safe and supportive environment for UAS and Advanced Air Mobility operations

Testimonials

“At the Ohio Department of Transportation, safety is our first priority. The technology solutions that have and will be tested on the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor will save lives. As we develop the transportation system of the 21st century, Ohio will be present in a smart mobility future that will support the companies and jobs to help Ohioans succeed in an ever changing economy. The Beta District is an important partner as we work to improve the quality of life for all Ohioans.”

Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.

Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation

“In the State of Ohio we have developed the finest smart mobility testing ecosystem in the United States. The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is the longest connected highway in the world, and the design, test, deploy ethos embodied by the project partners supports companies coming to Ohio to test and staying in The Beta District to grow.”

Howard Wood

Executive Director of DriveOhio

“The infrastructure investment in The Beta District is one more way the Columbus Region is enabling innovators to design, test and deploy the technologies of tomorrow.”

Kenny McDonald

President and CEO of One Columbus

“As partners with The Beta District, we’re taking a region-wide approach to ensure we’re at the forefront of making mobility safe and accessible for all.”

Andrew J. Ginther

Mayor of the City of Columbus

“The Beta District is a cornerstone of our smart region. Together, we are breaking down silos and building up partnerships to advance what is new and next for our region’s prosperity.”

Jordan Davis

Executive Director of Smart Columbus

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