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Participate in a Study

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. All participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw at any time.

VTTI conducts studies in various locations across the country, and most studies provide modest compensation. All participation is voluntary and participants may withdraw at any time.

To learn more about participation in our 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

Commercial motor vehicle driver

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 hearing about future research opportunities involving truck drivers, please complete this form. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.

VTTI is seeking healthy individuals, who routinely drink alcohol, aged 21 to 60 with valid U.S. driver's licenses to participate in a research study. The study does NOT involve any driving; it does involve participating, in one session, lasting approximately 8 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Participants are not allowed to drive to/from the study session, for this reason, if you need transportation, it will be provided by the research team, or you can arrange a friend or family member to give you a ride.

The purpose of the study is to evaluate a variety of technologies for their appropriateness in assessing if a driver is unfit to operate a vehicle. Participants will be asked to consume alcohol, specifically vodka and orange juice, provided by the research team in a controlled environment at VTTI's facility. Food is provided during the session. More details on this will be provided should you be scheduled to participate.

The study session will take place at the VTTI Automation Hub near Commerce Street in Blacksburg. The research vehicle will remain parked in a garage bay and each in-vehicle session will take approximately 20 minutes with a total of 9 sessions conducted over the course of the day. The paperwork and dosing sessions will take place in a private room adjoining the garage, which will provide a more comfortable location for participants during the dosing and recovery sessions. Researchers will be with the participants at all times.

This project provides compensation of $250 with a MasterCard, for full participation in the study session. The first part of the session is paperwork and takes less than 60 minutes, and the second part will average 6-8 hours for a total participation of approximately 7-9 hours. Participation time will be dependent on how quickly breath alcohol levels dissipate. Each participant will vary to some degree; all participants will be required to remain at the VTTI facility until breath alcohol levels are below 0.04 g/dL.

To learn more, contact 540-231-2308 or VTTIStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the "ARID" study in the message. (IRB #22-265)

VTTI is seeking individuals ages 18 and up who are visually impaired (blind or low vision) to participate in a research study lasting approximately 1.5 hours during daylight hours here in Blacksburg, Va. The purpose of the research will be to explore what information riders want and need presented if riding in an automated “driverless” vehicle.

Participants will be asked to complete tasks representative of using a rideshare service, for example Uber or Lyft. Participation also includes reviewing information provided on a prototype interface mounted in a vehicle and independently riding on one short ride from VTTI's facility through the Blacksburg area via public roadways, traveling mainly at speeds averaging 25-35 mph on both rural and urban environments with a small portion occurring on a highway with a 65-mph speed limit. The trip will involve a simulated “driverless” ride-hailing commute (e.g., Uber but automated); a trained safety driver will be operating the vehicle at all times. Participants may stop the session at any time if they don't want to continue. While in the research vehicle, participants will have access to a VTTI researcher via an audio-video call using a tablet mounted in the vehicle. During the commute, participants will be asked via this audio-video call to evaluate their experience by responding to a brief survey and interview questions. A researcher will always be nearby during the study. It will take up to 45-minutes to complete the commute as well as respond to all survey and interview questions administered during the commute.

Lastly, participants will be asked to answer a final questionnaire and respond to an interview about their entire simulated, “automated”, ride-hailing experience. This project provides compensation of $60 for full participation. A VTTI employee is available to provide transportation to and from the VTTI research facility upon request.

To learn more, contact 540-231-1277 or VTTIStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference “the Ride Along II Study” in the message. (IRB #21-1068)

VTTI is seeking healthy individuals aged 21 to 70 with valid U.S. driver's licenses to participate in a research study. The study involves participating, in one session, lasting approximately 2 hours during daytime hours.

Participants will be asked to evaluate new safety related in-vehicle technologies while driving a research vehicle, on public roads, on a pre-planned route around Blacksburg and the New River Valley. A trained experimenter will be present throughout the entirety of the session. Participants will be asked to answer questionnaires about their experience. This project provides compensation of $60 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-0988 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “Akula” study in the message. (IRB #21-495)

VTTI is currently seeking individuals who:

  • Are ages 21 and above
  • Have a valid Class-A or Class-B Commercial Driver's License (CDL-A or CDL-B)
  • Actively drive a large truck such as a tractor-trailer, straight truck, construction type of truck, etc. as part of their job
  • Willing to drive in a simulator located in Blacksburg, Virginia, not on roadways
  • Are not prone to motion sickness

Participation includes coming to VTTI for 2 separate sessions, scheduled on different days (4 hours each). Compensation of up to $500 will be provided for full participation.

If you, or someone you know, meet the above requirements, and are interested in hearing more about this study, please call 540-231-1583 or email, CDLdrivers@vtti.vt.edu and mention the "Automated Truck" study.

Any information provided will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI. (IRB #21-827)

VTTI is seeking individuals in the New River Valley and Roanoke Valley area to participate in a research study. This project will involve driving one of VTTI's research vehicles for four weeks. In addition, participants will be asked to complete surveys and drive the study vehicle along a planned route on I-81 several times during their participation.

To qualify, volunteers must have valid U.S. licenses, live, work, or drive in the New River Valley or Roanoke area, and be aged 18-25, 35-55 or 70+.

The research vehicles in this project are newer models with advanced technology and volunteers will be compensated up to $450 for full participation. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

To learn more, please contact us at:

Please reference the “Horizon Study” in the message, along with your name and contact information. All inquiries welcome! (IRB #20-309)

VTTI is conducting a research study in the Roanoke, Northern Virginia, and Washington DC areas. This project is studying passenger behavior in rideshare vehicles. Rideshare drivers, for companies such as Lyft, Uber, etc., will be compensated $800 for up to 4 weeks of full participation.

Participation:

  • Drive their rideshare vehicle as they normally would (Lyft, Uber, etc.)
  • Preference for vehicles with 3 rows of seats
  • All data will be kept strictly confidential

To learn more, please contact us and reference the "Click" project: 540-231-2125 or ride.share@vtti.vt.edu. (IRB #21-945)

Do you own or drive a 1996 or newer vehicle and live in a rural or remote area, such as those without access to public transit? VTTI is looking for experienced drivers, aged 65+, to participate in a research study. Preference for those who limit the locations and/or distances they drive. Maximum compensation is $525. (IRB #21-468)

Interested? Contact: 540-231-3589 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and mention the "ROAD TRIP Study".

VTTI is seeking individuals to participate in a research study. This study would involve driving a research vehicle instead of your own for approximately seven days. In addition, participants will be asked to drive the provided research vehicle on public roadways in the Northern Virginia area.

To qualify, volunteers must have a valid U.S. license, be 21-45 years of age, and drive a SUV, truck, or cargo van on a regular basis on interstates and highways in the Northern Virginia area.

The research vehicle in this project is a newer model equipped with advanced technology, and volunteers will be compensated $200 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 NOVAdrivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference “the Briar Study” in your message.

VTTI is seeking drivers aged 21-70 with valid U.S. driver's licenses to participate in a research study during daytime hours.

This study will examine how driving experience impacts general driving performance and the level of effort needed to perform basic driving tasks.

Participants will drive a research vehicle and encounter typical highway driving scenarios on a closed test course at VTTI. Total participation time consists of one visit lasting approximately 2 hours. This project provides compensation of $60 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-1062 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference “the Jupiter Study” in the message.