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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

Seeking Marijuana/Cannabis Users for a Research Study in Washington

VTTI has been conducting transportation safety research studies all over the country for over fifteen years. VTTI has two new research studies in the greater Spokane, WA area called ADAS Washington and Pioneer. Please see below for the eligibility requirements to dually enroll in both studies:

  • Are you a marijuana/cannabis user?
  • Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle with new technology such as Lane Keeping Assistance or Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically slows with traffic?
  • Are you willing to routinely use your smart phone to collect data on substance use through VTTI’s free and confidential app?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with their 2018 or newer vehicle technologies, such as driver assistance systems (ADAS Washington Study), as well as a secondary study on substance use (Pioneer Study).

All data for these studies are strictly confidential and participant privacy is protected, both locally and federally, by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of either 3 months (total maximum compensation of $500) or 24 months (total maximum compensation of $2,600). For participants that choose the initial 3-month enrollment, you may be given the option to extend your participation. Please see the website below for full compensation details.

Interested? Please contact us at 540-231-1583 or PioneerStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “Pioneer” study in your message. All inquiries welcome!

To learn more about either study, visit the Pioneer study website.


VTTI Seeks Spokane, WA Area Drivers for a Research Study

VTTI is looking for drivers to participate in a research study where they drive their own vehicles equipped with newer technologies! (IRB #20-205)

Do you drive a vehicle, 2018 or newer, with the following features:

  • Lane Keeping Assistance - 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 Washington” naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with newer technology such as advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of either

  • 3 months (total maximum compensation of $300)
  • At the end of your 3 months, you may be given the option to extend your participation in 3-month intervals)
  • 24 months (total maximum compensation of $1,350)

Please call or visit the website below for full compensation details. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

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

To learn more, visit the ADAS study website.


San Antonio Drivers Needed for Research – Compensation up to $450

Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for San Antonio drivers of vehicles with new technology, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, to participate in a research study for up to $450 for 6 months. (IRB #20-331)

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the "ADAS Texas" study.

To learn more, visit the ADAS study website.


New River Valley and Roanoke area Drivers Needed for a Research Study

Do you drive a newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for drivers of vehicles with new technology to participate in a research study (IRB #19-445) for $50/month for approximately 18 months.

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the “ADAS NRV” study. If you would like to learn more, click here.


Northern Virginia Drivers Needed for a Research Study

Do you drive a newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for drivers of vehicles with new technology in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. areas to participate in a research study (IRB #19-445) for $50/month for approximately 18 months.

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the “ADAS NOVA” study. If you would like to learn more, click here.


VTTI Research Study Seeks Participants Who Use Other Modes of Transportation, such as Ride-Share Services in the DC Metro Areas

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking individuals who often use modes of transportation other than or in addition to driving to participate in a research study. The study will explore what type of information individuals want or need while using new forms of transportation. Participation in this study involves the use of Zoom video conferencing software to connect multiple people electronically from the comfort of their own home or office.

To be eligible, interested individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Live, work, volunteer, or often travel in the Washington, DC or surrounding areas such as Northern Virginia
  • Seeking participants with and without visual impairments (e.g., blind or low vision)
  • Have a tablet or computer with internet service and video conferencing capabilities
  • Prior experience using Zoom is preferred
  • Prior experience using Ride Share services such as Uber, Lyft, or similar is preferred

This project has two parts. During the initial 30-minute session, participants will, via Zoom video conference, privately complete questionnaires, review study details, and determine whether their connection to Zoom Meeting, with their electronic device, is eligible to move on to the focus group session.

If eligible, the second session will be a focus group with up to four other participants. During this group video conference, participants will listen to descriptions of various driving scenarios and provide opinions on what information they would like to receive during each scenario. The focus group session will take about 90 minutes. Each part will likely be scheduled on different days.

This project provides compensation of $15 for the initial intake session, and $30 for the focus group, for a total of $45 for full participation in both parts. Your data will be kept strictly confidential.

To learn more, please contact: 540-231-0295 or VTTIStudy@vtti.vt.edu. Reference the “Bloom” project in your message.


Volunteers, Aged 70+, Wanted for Driving Research Study

VTTI is seeking experienced drivers, aged 70+, to participate in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete two brief cognitive assessments at VTTI and then drive their own vehicles as they normally would.

To be eligible, interested individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in the New River Valley, Salem, Roanoke Valley, or other areas near Virginia Tech
  • Own/drive a 2017 or newer vehicle
  • Those who frequently drive over 10 miles per trip are preferred
  • Total participation time: 4 weeks
  • Compensation: up to $250
  • Your data will be kept strictly confidential

To learn more, please call 540-231-3589 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu. Reference “Experienced Drivers-Advanced Vehicles” in your message.


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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  • 540-231-1500
  • 540-231-1555

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