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Smart Road expansions cement Virginia Tech Transportation Institute as a leader in advanced-vehicle testing

2017-11-14

VTTI — in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation — unveiled four expansions to the Virginia Smart Road on Nov. 14.

Transportation institute awarded federal contract to study alternative vehicle designs and how they affect current safety standards

2017-11-09

VTTI has received a contract from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to lead a multidisciplinary project that develops technical translations to existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and related testing procedure approaches for emerging innovative and non-traditional vehicle designs.

Transportation institute director to speak at TEDxWilmington Salon

2017-10-06

Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has been selected as one of 12 international leaders in the transportation world to gather in Wilmington, Delaware, for the Oct. 17 TEDxWilmingtonSalon event, “Who’s in the Driver’s Seat? The Transformation of Transportation.”

Ford, Virginia Tech Go Undercover to Develop Signals That Enable Autonomous Vehicles to Communicate with People

2017-09-13

Ford and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are testing a Ford-designed lighting method for self-driving vehicles to signal their intent to pedestrians, human drivers and bicyclists in an effort to create a standard visual language everyone can easily process and understand.

Transportation institute receives NSF award to study effects of autonomous truck deployment

2017-08-25

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has received an inaugural Convergence award from the National Science Foundation to support research on autonomous trucks and their future workforce implications.

Transportation researcher appointed to federal advisory council on motorcycle safety

2017-08-23

Shane McLaughlin, director of the Center for Automated Vehicle Systems at the transportation institute and an expert on motorcycle safety research, has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve as a special government employee on the Motorcyclist Advisory Council to the Federal Highway Administration.

VTTI Automated vehicle-related Testing In Arlington, Va.

2017-08-07

This study is one of many being conducted to determine how best to design automated vehicles.

Transportation institute researcher receives national award for safety engineering excellence

2017-06-02

Myra Blanco, director of the Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach and an advanced-vehicle researcher at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has been named the recipient of the 2017 U.S. Government Award for Safety Engineering Excellence.

Institute engineers drive advanced-vehicle technology forward

2017-05-09

An embedded hardware team leader reveals an inside look at VTTI’s connected- and automated-vehicle testing capabilities.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and partners named a national safety center by U.S. Department of Transportation

2016-12-12

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced the award recipients of five highly competitive national University Transportation Center grants, naming the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and its partners Texas A&M Transportation Institute and San Diego State University — with support from the Virginia Department of Transportation — as one of two national safety University Transportation Centers.

Institute wraps up successful Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research

2016-09-14

Driving researchers and practitioners worldwide recently gathered in Blacksburg, Va., for the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research, hosted by the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Virginia Tech reveals $75 million plan to emphasize intelligent infrastructure

2016-09-02

Virginia Tech will invest $75 million over five years to build teaching and research capacity in areas where it is already a national leader, including smart design and construction, and autonomous vehicles across land, air, and water, university officials said today.

Sen. Mark Warner visits Virginia-based tire and vehicle testing center; praises it as an economic leader

2016-08-19

On August 16, Warner visited the center to get a first-hand look at its endeavors in enhancing tire and vehicle design and its economic impact on the Southern Virginia region.

Inside VTTI

2016-07-31

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Virginia Tech Transportation researchers develop award-winning model to identify weather and road congestion

2016-07-14

Center for Sustainable Mobility researchers have developed an award-winning model to identify the impact of weather on road congestion. Hesham Rakha, center director, (left) and Hao Chen (right) are pictured.

Register now for the Naturalistic Driving Research Symposium in Blacksburg, Va.

2016-06-22

The symposium will be held August 30-31, with the Motorcycle Research and Technology Workshop and Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation to follow on September 1. Click for full agendas and registration information for each event.

VTTI: Advancing Transportation through Innovation

2016-06-21

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.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute part of new state legislation enacted for the testing and use of automated-vehicle technologies

2016-06-13

New legislation signed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe allows the sale of motor vehicles that can display moving images while the car or truck is in automated driving mode.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute named “Best of R&D in Virginia” by Southern Business & Development magazine

2016-06-08

VTTI is leading research and development efforts into next-generation vehicular technology, including connected and automated vehicles (pictured here during a demonstration held on Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia).

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to host first Women in Transportation Seminar; call for poster abstracts now open

2016-06-06

Students interested in the field of transportation will have a unique opportunity to interact first-hand with industry researchers and professionals during the inaugural Women in Transportation Seminar, Aug. 31 – Sept. 1.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: VTTI Research into Teen Driving

2016-04-29

Charlie Klauer, the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention Group leader at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has made noteworthy strides in helping government and industry reduce teen driver crash rates.

Virginia Tech design team to present bumper design to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

2016-04-27

A Virginia Tech mechanical engineering senior design team, advised by Jared Bryson of the VTTI and Professor Robin Ott, will be presenting their work at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Roundtable on May 5.

Virginia Tech student awarded transportation scholarship

2016-03-24

Laura Farrell, a Virginia Tech student and research specialist with the university’s transportation institute, has been awarded a scholarship as a Lifesavers’ 2016 Traffic Safety Scholar for her paper about automated vehicles.

Virginia Tech researchers co-author new study about effects of non-compliance with sleep apnea treatment on truck drivers' crash risk

2016-03-21

Truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and who do not attempt to adhere to a mandated treatment program have a fivefold increase in the risk of a severe crash, according to a new study co-authored by VTTI researchers and featured in the March 21 online edition of the journal Sleep.

Researchers determine driver risks using large-scale, crash-only naturalistic database

2016-02-23

Drivers increase their crash risk nearly tenfold when they get behind the wheel while observably angry, sad, crying, or emotionally agitated, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers writing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Automated Vehicle Crash Rate Comparison Using Naturalistic Data

2016-01-08

Self-driving cars are quickly moving from prototype to everyday reality. During this transition, the question that is first and foremost on the mind of the public and policy-makers is whether or not self-driving cars are more prone to crashes.

Graduate student develops and tests in-vehicle safety application on Interstate 66

2015-12-23

As part of a Connected Vehicle-Infrastructure University Transportation Center project, Virginia Tech graduate student Kayla Sykes of Richmond, Virginia, tested an in-vehicle application with the potential to improve driver safety and save time.

Transportation Researcher Publishes First Driving Guide of its Kind

2015-12-17

In their new book “Survive the Drive: A Guide to Keeping Everyone on the Road Alive,” authors Tom Dingus and Mindy Buchanan-King combine years of facts, figures, reports, new cutting-edge research, and personal anecdotes into a single guide to help drivers understand and handle their everyday risks.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute wins $2.5 million contract for trucker safety study

2015-12-15

Virginia Tech, along with subcontractors from Washington State University and SmartDrive, won a $2.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long-haul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods.

New VDOT program at Virginia Tech will accelerate pavement testing

2015-11-12

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today flipped the switch to start a new program that will cut years off the time needed to test the response of innovative pavements to the daily impacts of heavy traffic.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, partners test automated, connected vehicles on interstate

2015-10-19

Federal and state officials received hands-on experience with “hands-off” automated and connected driving as they traveled a 10-mile stretch of an interstate highway in Northern Virginia in cars sporting the latest automated- and connected-vehicle technology.

VTTI students win Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awards

2015-10-09

Two graduate students working with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have each won a scholarship award from the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program.

Video: Center for Sustainable Mobility

2015-10-01

The Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) conducts research relevant to society’s transportation mobility, sustainability, and safety needs.

SoVa Motion

2015-08-20

Since 2010, the Southern Virginia Vehicle Motion Labs (SoVa Motion) have revolutionized vehicle testing for the automotive industry. Through SoVa Motion, customers have access to the Multi-post Vertical Dynamics Test Rig, an advanced machine that represents the next generation in dynamic suspension testing equipment.

Virginia Tech teams with Federal Highway Administration to bring new road safety technology to United States

2015-06-30

In a project funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has welcomed the first Sideway-force Coefficient Routine Investigation Machine, or SCRIM for short, to the United States.

Video: Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

2015-06-22

No one knows better than the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute the extent of driving distraction as the cause of accidents. We identified it as the reason for most accidents and documented the leading distractions.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and partners unveil Virginia Automated Corridors

2015-06-01

A new initiative has been unveiled that will revolutionize the development and deployment of automated vehicles: the Virginia Automated Corridors, established by VTTI in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation; the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles; Transurban; and HERE, Nokia’s mapping business.

Risky Business: Behind the scenes of Tom Dingus' new book

2015-05-29

Find out what it took to write Survive the Drive, the new book coming soon from VTTI Director Tom Dingus.

Thomas Dingus joins board of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

2015-05-19

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's director was elected for the 2015-2018 term.

VTTI launches effort to make traveling through traffic lights safer, smarter and cheaper

2015-05-14

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers are working on a new project that could change the way motorists navigate through traffic lights, making the everyday action safer, smarter, and cheaper – the last by cutting fuel costs and likewise reducing pollution.

Transportation institute will share massive trove of driver research data

2015-05-01

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has won a $16.4 million contract to facilitate making thousands of hours worth of driving data available to researchers. The overriding goal: make driving safer.

APRIL IS DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH

2015-04-01

No one knows better than the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute the extent of driving distraction as the cause of accidents. We identified it as the reason for most accidents and documented the leading distractions.

VIDEO: CENTER FOR VULNERABLE ROAD USER SAFETY

2015-03-25

VTTI’s Center for Vulnerable Road User Safety (CVRUS) conducts research and outreach designed to enhance safety for all vulnerable road users, including senior and teen drivers, bicyclists and other vehicle riders, and pedestrians.

Survive the Drive: A Guide to Keeping Everyone on the Road Alive

2015-03-10

Take a sneak peek into a book written to keep you safe amongst the hurtling metal objects of unusual size and speed traveling the roadways. Written by VTTI Director Tom Dingus, Survive the Drive will ultimately discuss the greatest risks you face as a driver today and what you can do to reduce those risks.

Video: Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support

2015-02-19

VTTI is home to nearly 90% of continuous naturalistic driving data in the world, providing the largest source of real-world information about driver performance and behavior. The VTTI Center for Data Reduction and Analysis Support was created in 2013 to support users in standardized access to and analysis of numerous naturalistic driving study data sets held at VTTI

National Tire Research Center

2015-02-09

Find out how the National Tire Research Center (NTRC) can help you create a better product through both tire and vehicle testing, modeling, and simulation.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to head new Hours of Service trucker restart study for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

2015-02-05

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is taking a new look at the impacts of restart breaks on commercial truck drivers’ safety performance and fatigue levels as part of a $4 million study for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  

Video: Center for Advanced Automotive Research

2015-01-29

Zac Doerzaph, center director of CAAR, talks about the multiple ways VTTI is advancing research into the next-generation of vehicular technology with revolutionary studies about connected vehicles.

Transportation institute's New England Journal of Medicine article vaults into top-read ranks

2015-01-14

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers published in the New England Journal of Medicine has vaulted to the Top 15 most-read of more than 10,000 studies published by the prestigious, 200-year-old journal.

Virginia Connected Corridors

2015-01-08

Active V2V, V2I, and V2X development and deployment providing real solutions for safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to host global conference on pavement management in May

2015-01-06

The conference will bring together pavement design and management engineers, consultants, and companies to define “next-generation” methods in road construction as well as road maintenance and upkeep. It will address topics related to sustainability, accountability, and improved pavement performance.

2014 Annual Report

2014-12-15

VTTI experienced myriad successes during Fiscal Year 2014. Read the newly released FY14 Annual Report to find out more!

VTTI Impact: New England Journal of Medicine article by VTTI researchers named one of 2014';s top 100 most discussed academic papers

2014-12-11

Inside VTTI

2014-12-03

Find out how VTTI is advancing transportation through innovation in our most recent newsletter.

2014 VTTI Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress Demonstration

2014-11-19

Graduate student exploring ways to make riding a motorcycle safer using connected driving data

2014-11-05

Virginia Tech master's degree student Alexandria Noble is exploring ways to improve road safety for motorcyclists, using connected-vehicle technology and naturalistic driving research developed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Tire and vehicle research groups undergo new structure as work spreads to international levels

2014-10-29

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute combines its Halifax County, Virginia, vehicle, tire research centers into new Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation.

Transportation Research Today

2014-10-27

NSTSCE's fourth quarterly newsletter puts the spotlight on medication use in commercial vehicle drivers.

Photos from Smart Road Open House

2014-10-08

Recently, VTTI in collaboration with the Virginia Science Festival, Blacksburg Transit and Virginia Department of Transportation hosted Open House.

Recent Symposium/Conference Photo Gallery

2014-10-06

Recently VTTI has been busy hosting and attending conferences. Click through to view some images from these events.

Researchers could turn the theory of instant traffic prediction into reality

2014-09-08

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers develop a way to predict traffic congestion similar to weather forecasts. The work could send that data to your smart phone.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to host international naturalistic driving research symposium, with eye towards future of road safety

2014-08-19

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute works on study that could display traffic signs inside vehicles

2014-08-04

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are in the early stages of a novel idea to move stop and yield signs, among other posted traffic, from the side of the road into the car itself, where a dashboard screen will automatically alert the driver of what actions to take, if any.

Transportation Research Today

2014-07-29

NSTSCE's third quarterly newsletter puts the spotlight on motorcycle safety.

Transportation institute awarded $55 million in federal contracts on truck safety, automated vehicles

2014-07-21

InSight Data Access Website Runner-up in U.S. DOT Data Innovation Challenge

2014-07-15

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute names Myra Blanco as director of new automated center

2014-07-09

Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure hosts inter-university symposium

2014-07-07

VTTI Data

2014-07-01

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.

Connected Vehicles: Our Future is Happening now

2014-06-01

In a recent ITS World Congress blog feature, VTTI Director Tom Dingus discusses the future of transportation safety and why connected vehicles will play an integral role.

Transportation institute teams with Blacksburg Transit to ease wait times, save fuel costs

2014-05-14

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has teamed with Blacksburg Transit to create a new mobile app that could make waiting for the bus an act of the past and help the transit authority reduce fuel usage.

Pascha Gerni named director of finance at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

2014-04-30

In her new position, Pascha Gerni will manage the institute's $45 million annual operating budget.

Transportation Research Today

2014-04-15

NSTSCE's second quarterly newsletter puts the spotlight on commercial drivers and gives an inside look at a health and wellness program.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute names Marcia Donnelson director of proposal development

2014-04-09

Marcia Donnelson has more than 10 years of experience serving in research administration at several universities, including Colorado State University, the University of Nebraska, and East Tennessee State University.

Hesham A. Rakha named Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering

2014-04-04

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1997, Hesham Rakha has received international recognition for his research on traffic flow theory, traveler and driver behavior modeling, dynamic traffic assignment, traffic control, transportation energy and environmental modeling, and transportation safety modeling.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

2014-04-01

April has been declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. No one knows better than the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute the extent of driving distraction as the cause of accidents. We identified it as the reason for most accidents and documented the leading distractions.

NASCAR comes to Virginia Tech to test tires on a unique machine that can spin rubber at 200 mph

2014-03-24

At the National Tire Research Center, Goodyear Racing -- the official supplier of race tires for NASCAR -- has been testing a sample of the tires it designs specifically for each track.

VTTI's Spring Open House

2014-03-10

On April 10, 2014, from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., VTTI will be hosting its annual spring open house, in which groups may take a 60-90 minute tour of VTTI’s research facilities and ride on Virginia's Smart Road. Use the hashtag #VTTIOpenHouse on Facebook and Twitter!

Researchers to design vehicle-to-vehicle communication integration framework

2014-02-14

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards $1 million to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to build vehicle-to-vehicle, and vehicle-to-driver communication technology, soon to be mandated in all vehicles.

Transportation Research Today

2014-02-10

NSTSCE's first quarterly newsletter puts the spotlight on older drivers and the transportation challenges and mobility issues they face maintaining an active lifestyle.

The Future is Now: Active.Connected.Automated

2014-01-10

Get an inside look at how the future of transportation is happening now at VTTI.

New England Journal of Medicine study: Virginia Tech researchers find novice teen drivers easily fall into distraction, accidents

2014-01-02

Teens may begin their driving habits with great caution, but as months behind the wheel pass and complacency sets in, they begin to multitask -- dialing cell phones, eating, and talking to passengers -- and greatly raise the danger of more crashes and near-crashes than experienced drivers.

VTTI invited to discuss current and future transportation policies with Sen. Tim Kaine

2013-12-09

During a recent visit to the Roanoke Valley, Sen. Tim Kaine met with researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) to discuss transportation policies, particularly as they relate to distracted driving.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to celebrate 25th year with open house, speakers, tours of Virginia Smart Road

2013-11-11

Virginia Tech researchers help drones move from niche applications to public use

2013-10-28

Wheel Whisperers: How the Smart Road ‘talks’ to vehicles

2013-10-17

The Virginia Tech Magazine recently visited VTTI for a feature about the Smart Road, connected-vehicle technology, and improving the safety of the transportation community.

VTTI director talks distracted driving research with RealClearPolitics

2013-10-10

VTTI Director Thomas A. Dingus served as a panel member during the Oct. 9 RealClearPolitics discussion about the dangers of distracted driving.

VTTI25: The published history of an institute advancing transportation through innovation

2013-09-23

Video: Google Partners with VTTI

2013-09-04

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute signs partnership with Paris-based transportation research group

2013-08-30

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has signed a five-year collaborative agreement with the largest transportation research group in the world, the Paris-based French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks.

Reducing Driver Fatigue

2013-07-10

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is expanding its role in ensuring driver safety by serving an integral part in the launch of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP) for commercial vehicle drivers and carriers. The NAFMP is a voluntary, fully interactive web-based educational and training program designed to address lifestyle choices made outside of the work environment that may contribute to fatigue.

Updated study shines new light on phone use while driving

2013-06-30

A new study spearheaded by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute reinforces the dangers of distracted driving.

Gov. Bob McDonnell helps Virginia Tech Transportation Institute launch Virginia connected vehicle test bed

2013-06-12

The connected vehicle test bed initiative involves vehicles equipped with connected wireless technology that enables them to "talk" to each other via wireless sensors installed along the highway infrastructure.

New VTTI study results continue to highlight the dangers of distracted driving

2013-05-29

Recently released results from a new Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) naturalistic driving study continue to show that distracted driving is a tangible threat.

VTTI Impacts Transportation Policy

2013-05-14

VTTI has provided lawmakers the ability to use substantiated research to educate the population about driving while distracted. Photo caption: Thomas Dingus (left), director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, was honored May 8 as a White House Champion of Change. Dr. Dingus is pictured with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (right).

White House to honor Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Tom Dingus as "Champion of Change"

2013-05-07

Thomas Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, will be honored May 8 by the White House as a Champion of Change, a group of Americans seen as making positive change. This year's theme is Transportation Technology Solutions for the 21st century.

11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference to be held April 19

2013-04-17

Almost 100 students will present their research and creative scholarship at the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 19. Family, friends, those affiliated with the university, and the greater community are welcome to attend.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

2013-04-15

April has been declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council. No one knows better than the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute the extent of driving distraction as the cause of accidents. We identified it as the reason for most accidents and documented the leading distractions.

Day or night, driving while tired a leading cause of accidents

2013-04-15

April is Distracted Driver Awareness month and research demonstrates that fatigue is the leading form of distracted driving resulting in crashes and near crashes.

Graduate student award-winning research documents road surfaces that quiet tire noise

2013-04-11

A graduate student's award-winning research on the measurement of tire noise identifies quieting road surface treatments.

If you think seatbelt use inconvenient, consider the inconvenience of being injured

2013-03-26

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers determine that occasional seatbelt users often only buckle-up for high speed roads, although most accidents occur during more frequent local drives.

Future cruise control to have environmental, safety features

2013-02-26

The use of an eco-cruise control system being developed by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers could save billions of gallons of fuel and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Transportation research leader heads connected vehicle/roads research operation

2013-01-18

The man who planned, organized, and directed U.S. Department of Transportation research related to advanced vehicle safety technologies and managed the intelligent vehicle initiative with the Federal Highway Administration, is now head of similar research for Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region.

Myra Blanco receives international award for transportation research, leadership, work-life balance

2013-01-08

Myra Blanco of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been recognized for her professional contributions and support of colleagues while also overcoming personal adversity.

Virginia Tech ranking for research spending jumps; remains tops in Virginia

2012-12-07

A new report from the National Science Foundation shows Virginia Tech has risen from 44th to 41st in a national ranking of research and development spending at public universities in 2011. Virginia Tech remains the top university in Virginia for funds expended in the pursuit of science, engineering, and other scholarly activity, and the only Virginia institution in the top 50.

Work on automatic control of driverless vehicles through intersections receives recognition

2012-12-04

Someday cars will drive themselves and you will want control at intersections to be perfect. 

Lighting research with real-world impact recognized

2012-11-29

In recognition of research that is making transportation safe, Ron Gibbons has been named a Fellow by the the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

Symposium opens dialogue about transportation and the aging population

2012-11-27

A senior mobility awareness symposium, on Dec. 6, will address the changing transportation needs of our older population.

Naturalistic study used in China to examine causes of accidents

2012-11-19

Tongji University of Shanghai, General Motors, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are teaming to bring naturalistic driving research to Shanghai, China.

New communication systems would allow vehicles to 'talk' with roadways

2012-11-05

A fleet of instrumented vehicles are testing these systems on two test beds -- one in Northern Virginia and one in Southwestern Virginia.

Research predicts warning, automatic braking systems on autos will help save lives

2012-10-25

Systems available on some new cars will warn of collision, boost braking, and autonomously apply brakes. Scientists predict the extent to which these systems will save lives.

National Tire Research Center to open

2012-10-19

The National Tire Research Center introduced a facility to the public on Oct. 24 that will become the one-stop destination for global tire testing and development -- bringing jobs and new businesses to the region.

Lighting critical to safety of parking lots

2012-10-04

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers are testing new lighting technologies in a new commuter lot in Northern Virginia.

Yellow-light tweaks could make intersections safer

2012-09-27

If a yellow light is not timed correctly, a driver could face a situation where they can neither stop in time nor proceed through the intersection before the light turns red.

Observations of real-life driving behavior enables researchers to recommend life-saving strategies

2012-09-21

Taking your eyes off the road to dial a cell phone or look up an address and send a text increases the risk of crashing by 600 to 2,300 percent.

Human factors research enhances safe driving

2012-09-13

Laura Toole's undergraduate research at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute changed her career interest.

Electronic recording of truck drivers' hours-of-service evaluated

2012-08-10

Will electronic monitoring in commercial vehicles improve safety and compliance with hours-of-service requirements?

Rachel Cogburn named executive director of I-81 Corridor Coalition

2012-08-07

A transportation planning veteran is the new executive director of the I-81 Corridor Coalition.

Ann Craig joins Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

2012-08-01

Ann Craig, who has been with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science since 2007, is now director of organizational advancement at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Roderick A. Hall joins Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

2012-07-31

Roderick A. Hall has joined the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute as senior associate director for operations and finance. Hall has been the associate vice president for research at Virginia Tech for five years.

Virginia Tech biomedical program receives two of Toyota's research safety projects, honored for its brain trauma research

2011-12-07

Toyota announces two new research projects will be spearheaded by the Virginia Tech -- Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

I-81 Corridor Coalition annual meeting to begin Oct. 31 in Blacksburg

2011-10-28

National and state transportation leaders are slated to speak at the annual meeting to be held Monday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 1 at the Holiday Inn University, 900 Prices Fork Rd., Blacksburg.

Department of Defense supports study to reduce head, neck, chest injury

2011-10-24

The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics has received $3.5 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate blast-induced brain trauma and ways to reduce injury.

Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center partners with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

2011-09-22

Toyota is partnering with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to enhance the development, testing, and implementation of new automotive safety innovations.

Ray Pethtel appointed interim executive director of I-81 Corridor Coalition

2011-07-21

Ray Pethtel, director of the Transportation Policy Group at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has been appointed interim executive director of the I-81 Corridor Coalition.

Video: Economic developers take a closer look at Virginia Tech's research assets

2011-06-24

Economic developers from around Virginia gathered at Virginia Tech to learn more about the university's assets, especially the research institutes.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute creates 'Driving Healthy' resource network to aid commercial vehicle drivers

2011-03-23

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in the Center for Truck and Bus Safety have created the "Driving Healthy" resource network on a website, Facebook, and Twitter for commercial motor vehicle drivers.

College of Engineering, University of Nottingham form research and education partnership

2011-02-14

In an extremely selective competition involving 230 submissions, the British Council for Relations with Other Countries is funding a strategic research and international education partnership between the College of Engineering and the University of Nottingham.

U.S. Department of Defense supports study of brain, eye injuries in military personnel

2011-01-12

The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University Center for Injury Biomechanics has been awarded a $2.8 million contract from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command for phase 2 of an overall project focusing on brain and eye injuries in military personnel.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Center for Injury Biomechanics receive $1.5 million for research

2010-11-29

The National Academies has awarded the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's Center for Injury Biomechanics two research grants totaling $1.5 million. These grants are to fund in-depth investigations of serious and fatal road departure crashes to identify the crash and injury causation mechanisms associated with these traumatic events.

Virginia Tech and GM announce creation of the National Tire Research Center in Southside, Virginia

2010-08-05

Virginia Tech announced today the establishment of the National Tire Research Center, an advanced tire research and test facility to be established in Southside Virginia.

New York Times journalist receives Pulitzer Prize for story highlighting Virginia Tech Transportation Institute research

2010-04-21

Last week, the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for national reporting was awarded to Matt Richtel and members of The New York Times staff for their July 18, 2009, front page story that highlighted research study results from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Center for Injury Biomechanics announces $3 million award

2010-04-06

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded $3 million over five years to Virginia Tech's Center for Injury Biomechanics.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Center for Injury Biomechanics Crash Sled Lab now open

2009-09-14

The grand opening of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's (VTTI) Center for Injury Biomechanics (CIB) Crash Sled Lab, which is primarily funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was held today at its facility in the Corporate Research Center (CRC) in Blacksburg.

New data from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute provides insight into cell phone use and driving distraction

2009-07-29

Several large-scale, naturalistic driving studies -- using sophisticated cameras and instrumentation in participants' personal vehicles -- conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), provide a clear picture of driver distraction and cell phone use under real-world driving conditions, according to the institute.

New partnership between Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Center for Injury Biomechanics receives first research grant

2009-04-30

A team of three Virginia Tech faculty members -- Stefan Duma, Warren Hardy, and H. Clay Gabler -- was recently awarded $2.6 million from U.S. Army Research Acquisition Activity to study the biomechanics of head, neck, and chest injury prevention for soldiers.

Virginia Tech Transportation Fellow issues white paper on abusive driver fees

2008-01-07

Ray D. Pethtel, Virginia Tech's University Transportation Fellow and associate director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, has issued a white paper on Virginia's controversial abusive driver fees imposed through legislation passed during last year's General Assembly session and signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine.

Transportation Institute dedicates new research building

2006-08-30

Today, with The Honorable John Warner as the keynote speaker, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) dedicated its new 22,000 square-foot building in Blacksburg as the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (STSCE). University administrators as well as other local and state officials also attended.

Transportation Institute releases findings on driver behavior and crash factors

2006-04-20

Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to a landmark research report released today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).