Virginia to Test Self-Driving Cars

Via Richmond Times-Dispatch and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center of Automated Vehicle Systems has annouced a research initiative to test self-driving cars on portions of Interstates 95, 495 and 66 as well as on U.S. 29 and U.S. 50 that are being dubbed Virginia Automated Corridors. Test tracks at the institute’s Smart Road in Montgomery County and the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County will be used to certify technology as safe before the cars are allowed on the highway. Using the heavily traveled roadways in Northern Virginia will assist vehicle manufacturers  improve their techology by challenging the cars' capability to modify its actions in reaction to new information such as work zones, traffic incidents and congestion,

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