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The MIT Press

Ohio will soon be home to the world's largest self-driving vehicle test track. The 540-acre Smart Center facility, near Maysville, will allow smart-car technology to be tested year-round. This comes at a time when Walmart and Kroger are testing self-driving grocery delivery. Just as autonomous vehicles are gearing up, consumer groups are pushing back and calling on Congress for tougher regulations.

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Karen Kasler / Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order opening up any public road around the state for testing for driverless vehicles.

C. Suthorn

Greater Cincinnati transportation officials want to help drive the future of autonomous and connected vehicles. They are in the early stages of a plan to build a test track and deploy driverless shuttles.

Ohio Turnpike

In the next month you could start seeing self-driving vehicles in Ohio. The state has been quietly marketing itself to manufacturers as a ready, willing and able partner in the self-driving vehicle arena.

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Just as Uber and Google ramp up testing for driverless cars on public streets, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced at the Frankfort Auto Show they will develop autonomous cars. Other car manufacturers, including Toyota are already doing research in the robot car market, projected to be worth $42 billion by 2025. According to newscientist.com London plans to deploy driverless cars by the end of the year.