Participate in a Study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) frequently seeks volunteers to participate in its studies. Volunteers are selected based on whether they meet the requirements for the objectives specific to the study. Licensed drivers, 18 and older, and all levels of experience are needed for research studies.

Sign-up to be Contacted about Future Studies

VTTI maintains a database of potential candidates for study participation. General studies normally take a few hours to complete, and most provide modest pay for volunteers. If you are interested in being added to the general study database for contact about future participation opportunities, please complete this form. Your submission will be automatically forwarded to a VTTI participant recruitment specialist.

Please note that, by completing the form, you are not agreeing to participate in any particular study. You are simply submitting your name and information for contact by a VTTI researcher when recruiting for a study. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.

Specific Studies

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is compensating people in the Northern Virginia/DC area and New River and Roanoke Valley areas to drive their own vehicles equipped with advanced technologies!

  • Do you drive a 2016 or newer vehicle with the following features?
    • Lane Centering - automatically keeps the vehicle in the center of the lane?
    • Adaptive Cruise Control - maintains set speed, but also automatically slows with traffic?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in the "ADAS" study focused on studying how people drive vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems or ADAS.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will compensate you $50 per month, with total maximum compensation of $750. Estimated participation time is 12 months. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASstudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the "ADAS" study in your message. All inquiries welcome!

Interested? Take the eligibility survey.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking licensed teenagers who will be 17 years of age to participate in a research study. If you know a teen that is 16 or 17, please contact us to learn more about the project and what it entails to possibly participate now or in the near future. Eligible teenagers must be 17 years of age before they can begin participation. This study would involve the teenager driving a research vehicle instead of his or her own for approximately three weeks.

In addition, teen participants and a parent/guardian must attend two sessions at VTTI to receive an orientation to the vehicle, complete questionnaires, and take part in an interview. The first session will last up to 3 hours and the last session will last up to 2 hours. The first session will occur prior to the teenager’s time driving the vehicle and the second will be upon return of the research vehicle.

Participants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent green card holder
  • 17 years of age at the time of participation
  • Drive at least 3 days a week
  • Hold a valid U.S. Driver’s License
  • Be able to meet certain health and eligibility criteria, for example teen is able to pass a color vision test (no color blindness)

The research vehicle in this project is a newer model equipped with advanced technology. Teenagers will be compensated $115 for full participation and their parent/guardian $30 for full participation. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at 540-231-1583 or email teendriver@vtti.vt.edu. Reference "the Mars Study" in your message. All inquiries welcome!

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking individuals to participate in a research study. This study would involve driving one of our research vehicles instead of your own for 4 weeks. In addition, participants will be asked to drive the provided research vehicle on the Smart Road, during 6 separate visits to VTTI.

To qualify, must be employed by Virginia Tech, have a valid U.S. license, be 25-70 years of age and drive, on average, 60 miles per day, preferably a long-distance commute of 20 miles or more, one way.

The research vehicles in this project are newer models with advance technology, and volunteers will be compensated up to $360 for full participation. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at: 540-231-0295 or email us at drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference "the Sonic Study" in your message. All inquiries welcome!

VTTI is currently seeking individuals who:

  • Are ages 18 and above;
  • Have a valid Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL);
  • Drive a commercial motor vehicle such as a tractor-trailer or bus as part of their job;
  • Are willing to participate in a study in Blacksburg, Virginia; and
  • Are able to read and complete questionnaires.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in a future study, please complete this form. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.