About VTTI

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) conducts research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has affected public policy on national and international levels.

VTTI has grown from approximately 15 faculty, staff, and students to become the second largest university-level transportation institute in the U.S. with more than 500 employees. VTTI has effected significant change in public policies for driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety and is advancing the design of vehicles and infrastructure to increase safety and reduce environmental impacts.

In all endeavors, the VTTI community is charged with finding solutions to the greatest transportation challenges facing not only the nation but the world. The faculty, staff, and students of VTTI are truly dedicating their lives to saving lives.

VTTI at a Glance

  • VTTI has more than $40 million in annual sponsored program research expenditures and is conducting more than 300 active projects.
  • Annually, VTTI supports close to 300 undergraduate and graduate students and produces more than 140 publications.
  • VTTI pioneered the use of the naturalistic driving study research method. Using data acquisition systems developed in-house, VTTI researchers are able to gather continuous video and driving performance data in real-world driving conditions. To date, more than 4,000 instrumented vehicles have been deployed nationally and internationally, resulting in close to 70 million miles of continuous naturalistic driving data.
  • VTTI ensures its national and global success by employing a select team of multidisciplinary researchers, engineers, technicians, support staff, and students.
  • To accomplish its groundbreaking research, VTTI uses a range of tools that include the Virginia Smart Road, the Virginia Automated and Connected Corridors, and data acquisition systems. These capabilities have earned VTTI an exclusive standing in the transportation research field, making it a renowned option for transportation research, analysis, and development.
  • At its core, VTTI is a family; we are a community committed to conducting cutting-edge research to save lives.

Informational Materials

Find out more about the 25-year history of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Active Connected Automated: The Future Is Now
Get an inside look at how the future of transportation is happening now at VTTI.

For more than 15 years, VTTI has conducted a range of naturalistic driving studies that help tell the story of our transportation community. Data collected during these studies can provide a much more accurate understanding of driver behavior and performance, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety of the traveling public.

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VTTI: Advancing Transportation through Innovation
Our latest publication illustrates how dedicated faculty, staff, and students and a determination to save lives have led to the creation of a $110 million infrastructure designed to advance transportation through innovation.