Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania cooperate on automated vehicles

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2011, file photo, vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio. Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole tells The Associated Press that testing of self-driving vehicles could begin on the toll road in late 2016 or in 2017. Cole says the route that takes Interstate 80 from Pennsylvania to Indiana is set up well for testing autonomous vehicles because it already has a fiber network along the entire roadway. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State government, universities and researchers in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are teaming up on efforts to develop connected and automated vehicles.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says Wednesday the “Smart Belt Coalition” includes the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation as well as the American Center for Mobility in Michigan.

Officials say they’re working on a strategic plan that includes automation in construction zones and commercial freight.

The coalition includes the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Carnegie Mellon University and others.

Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle says in a statement the cooperation “will pay dividends for all of us while we continue to leverage our existing partnerships.”

Aims include supporting testing, sharing data and seeking joint funding for projects.

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