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VTTI researchers Rebecca Hammon and Susan Soccolich

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) frequently seeks volunteers to participate in its various transportation related research studies. Volunteers are selected based on whether they meet the requirements for the objectives specific to the study. Individuals 16 and older, and all levels of experience are sought to participate.

Most experiments provide modest compensation and take place at a VTTI facility for only a few hours, but in some cases participation may last longer. Projects involve all modes of transportation, such as walking, cycling, use of public transportation, for hire services, and driving. All participation is voluntary and participants may withdraw at any time.

If you would like to be contacted by VTTI regarding possible participation in future research studies, please call 540-231-1583 and leave a message or complete this form.

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 research team member when recruiting for a study. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.

Specific Studies

Drivers needed for a research study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers aged 25-45 with valid U.S. driver’s licenses to participate in a research study during daytime hours.

Participants will drive a research vehicle and encounter typical low-speed urban environment scenarios on a closed test course at VTTI. Participants will also be asked to provide feedback on their interactions with an automated vehicle. Total participation time consists of one session lasting approximately 2.5 hours. This project provides compensation of $75 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-1583 or and reference "the Arrow Study" in the message.

Drivers of Vehicles with Advanced Technology Needed for Driving Study!

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

  • Do you drive a vehicle with the following features?
    • Lane Control - automatically keeps the vehicle in 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 and reference the "ADAS" study in your message. All inquiries welcome!

Interested? Take the eligibility survey.

Teenage drivers needed for advanced vehicle study

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 must have normal or corrected to normal vision

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 Reference "the Mars Study" in your message. All inquiries welcome!

Urgent Need for Commercial Drivers for Studies

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.


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