We’ve partnered with a Silicon Valley start-up and Virginia Department of Transportation to test operating a vehicle remotely.

The safety system – developed by Phantom Auto – has the ability to take over operating a vehicle during situations such as work zones or incidents, where a human driver can better handle the scenario than self-driving technology.

Earlier this month the Phantom Auto remote driving module was set up at our Express Lanes Operations Center. With real-time connectivity, a trained operator was able to take control of a vehicle. This first test was performed on the 95 Express Lanes during periods of no live traffic and conducted successfully in close collaboration with our Road Operations team and Virginia State Police.

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