Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Testing and Operation Requirements

The Ohio Office of the Governor created the DriveOhio AV Pilot Program to allow for the safe testing of AVs on state highways and other public roads. The purpose of the program is to connect municipalities interested in promoting AV testing with DriveOhio and companies seeking to test AVs.

All AVs tested in Ohio must have a designated operator responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle while in use and complies with all traffic laws and regulations, among other requirements. The governor may pause the testing of AVs in Ohio if there is evidence that the technology is not safe.

An AV is defined as a vehicle equipped with technology that is capable of performing all of the real-time operational and tactical functions required to operate a vehicle. To test AVs, each company must register with DriveOhio and provide required information, including a summary report outlining its approach for the safe testing of their autonomous system.

(Reference Executive Orders 2018-01K, 2018, and 2018-04K, 2018)