The Columbus Region is at the forefront of automotive technology and smart mobility. Region manufacturers produce 700,000 cars a year, while the regional economic output for the economic industry exceeds $2.5 billion annually.
Nearly 19,000 employees make up the highly-skilled manufacturing workforce, making the region’s automotive share of employment four times greater than the US average.
As their headquarters of North American automotive manufacturing, Honda utilizes the robust workforce to produce more than one-third of their North American light vehicles in two local plants.
The automaker and the municipality debuted “the world’s most connected intersection” that links information from the street to a passing car. The system uses audio and visual warnings on a small screen on the windshield to alert drivers to risks.
Athens, Youngstown, others, looking at driverless shuttles in Columbus. When it comes to self-driving cars in Ohio, all eyes are on Columbus. Cities across the state, including Athens and Youngstown, are keeping close watch on Columbus’ experiment with self-driving shuttles that run along the Scioto Mile Downtown.
With new technology offering both risk and reward, the Columbus Region’s signature industries are embracing change and innovation.
More than 1/3 of Honda's North America light vehicle manufacturing takes place in the Columbus Region.
Automotive supplier Stanley Electric has experienced growth for decades in the Columbus Region.
The sixth largest automotive parts supplier, offering top quality products, technologies and services.
Designing innovative solutions for smart mobility, with a particular focus on intuitive driving and reducing CO₂ emissions.
A quality manufacturer of precision, high performance, high function components for transportation applications.
A global supplier of automobile seats & interiors.
The City of Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) $40 million Smart City Challenge in June 2016 after competing against 77 cities nationwide to implement a holistic vision for how technology can help all residents to move more easily and to access opportunity.
Columbus was awarded a $10 million grant from Paul G. Allen Philanthropies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the de-carbonization of the electric supply and transportation sectors.
A 4 percent private sector workforce unionization rate is far below other automotive manufacturing hubs.