Virginia Tech, partners design blueprint to improve self-driving vehicles with $7.5 million grant

Researchers at Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute will soon hand the keys to lawmakers and developers, after creating a blueprint for how self-driving vehicles can safely interact with other cars on state roadways.

In 2019, Virginia Tech was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration to gather data on improving autonomous driving vehicles (ADS) in roadway scenarios – including navigating safely around first responders, construction workers and work zones – amid increases in self-driving vehicle crashes…

The project was completed in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Crash Avoidance Metrics Partners LLC, a consortium of vehicle manufacturers and global toll operator Transurban North America, which oversees the Interstates 495, 95, and 395 express lanes in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region…

Virginia Tech will publish its findings online in early 2024, including videos and photos.

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