Virginia Tech awarded $15 million dollars for testing automated driving systems

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) — Virginia Tech University was awarded a $15 million dollar grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation for two projects testing the safe deployment of automated driving systems-equipped (ADS) vehicles and trucks.

According to the DoT, one of the projects will develop and “demonstrate key dynamic scenarios and their potential solutions for safe interaction of ADS-equipped vehicles in a Northern Virginia corridor optimized for vehicle automation.”

The other project will develop a “Fleet Concept of Operations to provide the trucking industry with clear guidelines on how to safely implement, and benefit from, ADS-equipped trucks.”

“As one of our premier research centers, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute continues to lead and innovate in autonomous technologies and vehicle safety,” said Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. “These awards, and the support of our national and state transportation agencies, will enable the advancement of critical research to address transportation challenges and create new opportunities for smart infrastructure growth.”

The announcement of the grant was made on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao in Washington.

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