Virginia Tech Transportation Institute announced a new initiative this week that designates more than 70 miles of roadways in the state that can be used by car makers to test automated vehicles in the field. Virginia Automated Corridors was established by Virginia Tech in partnership with the Virginia DOT, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, Transurban and HERE and includes I-66, I-495 and I-95 in addition to SR29 and SR50.
These roadways compose one of the most congested corridors in the U.S. and feature solutions including high-occupancy toll lanes, high definition mapping, real-time traffic and incidents, intelligent routing and location cloud technology.
Two test-tracks are also included: Virginia Tech’s Smart Road, located on-site at the Transportation Institute; and the Virginia International Raceway. Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute said “…the Virginia Automated Corridors ensure automated-vehicle developers and suppliers have access to both a robust roadway environment and significant research support to create, test and deploy systems.”