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Introduction to VOICES – A Platform for Collaborative Research and Testing

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PDH Credit



The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is proactively addressing the challenge of developing and testing the plethora of scenarios that autonomous vehicles will encounter once deployed in the transportation system. The Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety (VOICES) Proof of Concept (PoC) aims to tackle these challenges by offering a shared virtual environment on a secure network that enables vehicles and systems across the transportation ecosystem to interoperate while synchronized to common scenarios. The project allows organizations to develop and test their systems in a high-fidelity representation of the surface transportation ecosystem, sharing infrastructure and resources while still protecting intellectual property.

Target Audience

  • Transportation agencies.
  • Infrastructure owner operators.
  • University researchers.
  • Automotive manufacturers.
  • Developers and deployers of CDA technology.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will provide background on why the VOICES project was initiated, the vision for the distributed virtual test platform, and an overview of the key components of the VOICES PoC, including system architecture, scenario database, and distributed synthetic test environment. Participants will hear from USDOT personnel and have the opportunity to provide feedback on the progress, challenges, and next steps in the development of the VOICES PoC.


  • Nicole Paladeau


  • Taylor Lochrane (FHWA)
  • Rob Heilman (USDOT)



Event Type:


Organizational Capability Element:

    Vehicle Systems/Connected Vehicles
    Testing, Verification & Validation (V&V)

Operations Area of Practice:

    Connected Vehicles