Columbus, Ohio — AECOM Technical Services, Inc. has been recommended for a $5 million contract to design and develop Ohio’s connected and autonomous vehicle infrastructure.

“In order to truly maximize our investments in this area, we need the ability to connect local and regional projects under a cohesive statewide framework,” said Jim Barna, Executive Director of DriveOhio. “The proposal put forward by AECOM will help us to continue our forward momentum and ensure Ohio is an early adopter, and benefactor, of the transportation technology revolution.”

On January 18, DriveOhio and ODOT submitted a request for proposals asking teams of engineering, technology and data companies to compete for a $5 million contract to develop a plan that would guide future investments in connected and automated vehicle technology. The purpose of the project is to provide equipment and application specifications for smart mobility technologies that could be used by state and local governments. The state is also seeking a master plan for statewide data storage, management and security for connected and autonomous vehicles. The estimated timeframe for the project is 12 months.

Of the original pool of candidates, four finalists were chosen to give presentation on April 3.

    • AECOM Technical Services, Inc. taking the lead and partnering with Cisco Systems, Inc.; Engage Public Affairs, LLC; M.H. Corbin LLC; OnBoard Security, Inc.; and Siemens Industry, Inc.
    • ARCADIS U.S., Inc. taking the lead and partnering with HERE Technologies; Iteris, Inc.; and OnBoard Security, Inc.
    • HDR Engineering, Inc. taking the lead and partnering with Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C.; Google LLC; ICF Incorporated, LLC; KPMG LLP; OnBoard Security, Inc.; Synesis Partners, LLC; and The Ohio State University
    • HNTB Ohio, Inc. taking the lead and partnering with Bishop Consulting; Consensus Systems Technologies; Engage Public Affairs, LLC; Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC; and WSP USA Inc.

AECOM was chosen because of their project approach, the strength of their team, and their past experience. AECOM also proposed working closely with a diverse group of sub-consultants, including industry leaders Cisco Systems and Siemens, among others. The selection committee included a diverse group of public entities, including the Ohio Departments of Public Safety, Insurance, Administrative Services and Transportation, Smart Columbus, JobsOhio, The Ohio Turnpike Infrastructure Commission, the Federal highway Administration, and DriveOhio.

The selection is conditional upon final approval by the state’s Controlling Board.

Ohio is working to lead the way in advancing smart mobility technologies. Current initiatives already underway in Ohio include four smart road projects covering 164 miles of roadway, and two smart city projects.

DriveOhio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation, facilitates collaboration between the public and private sectors, bringing all the right people to the table and serving as the single point of contact for all things autonomous and connected in Ohio.