Virginia Automated Corridors
The Virginia Automated Corridors (VAC) is a new initiative that will provide an automation-friendly environment that government agencies, original equipment manufacturers, and suppliers can use to test and certify their systems, providing a system migration path from test-track to real-world operating environments. The VAC will leverage extensive experience in on-road safety research to provide efficient solutions to automated-vehicle testing.
The VAC was developed in answer to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s 2015 Governor’s Proclamation declaring Virginia “open for business” in the realm of automated vehicles. The proclamation allows the testing of any automated vehicle on Virginia roads under the guidance of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will support research efforts performed by VTTI in accordance with the proclamation.