On October 19 and 20, Transurban partnered with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) on their automated and connected vehicle technology road test on the 95 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. The 10-mile test, conducted by VTTI, marked the first time the technology has been employed on a real-world, roadway facility in the D.C. region.
The testing occurred during the regular mid-day reversal of the 95 Express Lanes because the Lanes provided the partners with a safe, closed environment to demonstrate the technology.
The demonstration featured a Level 3 automated vehicle performing specific driving actions, such as lane changes and automated braking in response to scenarios including a simulated work zone and an approaching law enforcement vehicle. In addition, a connected vehicle equipped with both dedicated short-range communications and cellular technology responded to driving scenarios along the test roadway.
For more information on the testing, please visit: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/10/101915-vtti-researchtest.html.