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Kasich creates center to advance Ohio's smart vehicle hopes

Republican Gov. John Kasich created a statewide center Thursday to advance Ohio's efforts to become a national leader in autonomous vehicle research and smart road technology.

His executive order establishing DriveOhio comes a day after aides say he successfully pitched the idea at the Detroit Auto Show. Automakers there are sharing the latest ideas for robotic cars.

Kasich said in a phone interview that the office will be a "one-stop shopping for anybody who's interested" in autonomous or connected vehicle development.

"What we're trying to do now is to make sure we have standard ways of dealing with this amazing development we're seeing in...