Kasich Advocates New Tech, Autonomous Vehicles in Ohio

Gov. John Kasich talks with Barbara Snyder, the president of Case Western Reserve University, at an event on campus in Cleveland.
Gov. John Kasich talks with Barbara Snyder, the president of Case Western Reserve University, at an event on campus in Cleveland. [Nick Castele / ideastream]
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the state can do more with data to improve healthcare and adapt to a changing economy.

Kasich highlighted his new budget proposal’s technology plans in an event at Case Western Reserve University on Monday.

Kasich’s budget creates a new position: chief innovation officer, who will try to connect Ohio’s education sector with new technologies. The chief will lead the new Ohio Institute of Technology, which is budgeted at $750,000 a year.

The governor also wants to outfit part of I-90 in Cleveland with fiber optic cables and sensors, to monitor traffic and prepare for autonomous vehicles. That’s in addition to a $45 million commitment from the state and other sources for the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.


A 3-D printer works on a project at think[box] on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

Kasich said the state should embrace emerging industries while reassuring those who fear that one day a robot will be doing their job.

“People have to understand that with technology can come jobs that are connected to technology where you can actually make more money and have a more secure job,” Kasich told reporters after his remarks. “I mean, we’re in a transition now, and I think part of the challenge and part of the problem is we have not been aggressive enough in being able to retrain people.”

Kasich spoke at think[box] on Case Western’s campus. It’s what’s known as a “makerspace,” where students and others can use such tools as 3-D printers and laser cutters to make new products.

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