Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation

The Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS) is an affiliated company of Virginia Tech that is revolutionizing the automotive industry. GCAPS provides advanced tire research, vehicle simulation, and mathematical modeling for virtual vehicle and tire designs. The center specializes in independent testing, research, and assessments to complement or supplement activities performed by global tire and vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and motorsports teams.

GCAPS is a collaborative effort led by the VTTI in alliance with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), General Motors, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification Commission. The center encompasses a threefold tier of services: the National Tire Research Center (NTRC), the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Labs (SoVa Motion), and the Virtual Design and Integration Laboratory (VDIL). Each tier under the GCAPS umbrella emphasizes a commitment to establishing a world-class facility focused on providing unique resources and expertise. The center houses the world’s only force-and-moment tire testing machine capable of testing at speeds up to 200 mph under combined loading condition. GCAPS is also home to a state-of-the-art simulation environment for tire model parameterization, vehicle model creation, and tire and vehicle simulations.

National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) was established by the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2005 to develop and disseminate advanced transportation safety techniques and innovations in both rural and urban communities.

NSTSCE research focuses on four major objectives:

  1. To develop and test transportation devices and techniques that enhance driver performance
  2. To evaluate the roadway environment and infrastructure-based safety systems
  3. To address mobility for vulnerable road users
  4. To examine driver impairment issues

University Transportation Centers

The U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Centers (UTC) program was the cornerstone upon which the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) was built. In 1988, VTTI—then called the Center for Transportation Research—was established in direct response to the UTC program, serving as part of a Penn State-led team (along with the University of Virginia) composing the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (MAUTC) and in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation. From its inception, VTTI evolved and thrived through access to the interdisciplinary base of faculty members and students at MAUTC consortium institutions. Because of this strong foundation, the institute advanced to include hundreds of research sponsors, partners, and clients from both the public and private sectors, as well as a strong educational program that seeks to train the future workforce for the multidisciplinary needs of our nation’s transportation future.

VTTI has been involved in multiple UTCs, including leading the Tier 1 Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC) from 2012-2016 and serving as a consortium member of the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) led by the University of Virginia. Today, VTTI leads the national Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) UTC and is a consortium member of two Tier 1 UTCs.