Virginia Smart Roads
The Virginia Smart Roads are state-of-the-art, closed test-bed research facilities managed by VTTI in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).
In 2000, VTTI opened the original Virginia Smart Road, the highway section, in partnership with VDOT. The Smart Road became one of the world’s most advanced testing facilities for transportation technology and safety research, with more than 30,000 hours of research conducted on the road since its opening. As the needs of the transportation community have evolved, so has the Smart Road. In November 2017, VTTI launched the Virginia Smart Roads, a suite of test tracks that enable advanced-vehicle testing in a comprehensive cross section of roadways. The Smart Roads play a critical role in the overall success of the institute and its research mission--to save lives.
The Virginia Smart Roads are FAA approved testing facilities for UAS.
Test beds and facilities
The Virginia Smart Roads consists of five sub-facilities:
VTTI houses the Smart Roads Control Room through which research is scheduled and overseen.
Controllers monitor the Smart Roads from a computer-equipped control center. Researchers can observe traffic and driver performance using surveillance cameras available in the control room. Engineers can also control the lighting and the weather on the Highway section.