We are joining the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and global auto manufacturers to test road infrastructure that could support the next generation of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs). The trial is part of a $7.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation to advance technologies that will better enable roads to “speak” to CAVs.
The competitive Automated Driving System Demonstration (ADS) Grant – awarded to only 10% of applicants – is a reflection of the growing reputation of the 95 Express Lanes as an effective testbed for emerging technologies and the strength of our ongoing industry and academic partnerships in North America.
As the infrastructure-owner operator of the 95 Express Lanes, our role on the ADS project includes:
- Providing the I-95 Express Lanes as a demonstration site for approximately three on-road CAV trials
- Collaborating with VTTI and Crash Avoidance Metrics Partners (CAMP), a research Consortium of Automakers organized through CAMP, LLC to identify CAV’s safety and operational needs on roads
- Developing infrastructure technology that will support safe, reliable and efficient CAV operations
- Replicating successful technologies onto adjacent public Virginia highways like the regular 95 travel lanes for advanced trials
The planning and deployment of technology is expected to take approximately three years with on-road trials anticipated in 2022.