Center for Technology Implementation

The Center for Technology Implementation (CTI) focuses on assisting its customers with early stage implementation of transportation safety technologies, including connected and automated vehicle technologies. The center manages project planning, product development, and integration services for commercial and government agencies. CTI participates in Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, developing implementation strategies for product and service concepts in a broad commercial market. CTI also evaluates advanced in-vehicle technologies and quantifies driver safety behaviors.

Mike Mollenhauer
Center Director

Virginia Connected Corridors

To facilitate the understanding of a connected vehicle (CV) deployment, VTTI has partnered with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to create the Virginia Connected Corridors (VCC). The VCC is a CV environment located in Northern Virginia and at the Virginia Smart Roads in Blacksburg, VA that enables the development and assessment of early stage connected and automated vehicle (CAV) applications. Read More

Virginia Connected Corridors

To facilitate the understanding of a connected vehicle (CV) deployment, VTTI has partnered with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to create the Virginia Connected Corridors (VCC). The VCC is a CV environment located in Northern Virginia and at the Virginia Smart Roads in Blacksburg, VA that enables the development and assessment of early stage connected and automated vehicle (CAV) applications.

The Northern Virginia test bed, located in Fairfax, Virginia encompasses a very challenging transportation environment and is one of the nation’s most congested corridors. This testbed includes high-operating capacity roadways (including sections of Interstate 66, Interstate 495, U.S. 29, and U.S. 50), significant recurring congestion, numerous Virginia Top 25 crash “hot spot” locations, and a variety of existing ITS and data sources integrated throughout the CV environment.

The VCC comprises more than 60 roadside units (RSUs) which are connected to a low-latency backhaul network via dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and cellular technology.

The VCC strives to provide an open application development environment where third party developers may bring their applications and tap into existing infrastructure resources and systems to minimize time to demonstration and deployment. Developers may create applications that run directly on the VCC Cloud computing environment or access VCC data through a Public API depending on which is most appropriate.

VCC L2 “Elite” Naturalistic Driving Study

VTTI deployed a fleet of 50 highly instrumented light vehicles within the Virginia Connected Corridor (VCC) Northern Virginia testbed starting in 2016 for use in application testing. This vehicle fleet employed private citizen drivers and their personal vehicles with advanced technology, DSRC-equipped vehicles to test smartphone-based applications and transmit secure information between the vehicles and the connected infrastructure. The advanced technology vehicles included Level 2 automation capabilities such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Read More

VCC L2 “Elite” Naturalistic Driving Study

VTTI deployed a fleet of 50 highly instrumented light vehicles within the Virginia Connected Corridor (VCC) Northern Virginia testbed starting in 2016 for use in application testing. This vehicle fleet employed private citizen drivers and their personal vehicles with advanced technology, DSRC-equipped vehicles to test smartphone-based applications and transmit secure information between the vehicles and the connected infrastructure. The advanced technology vehicles included Level 2 automation capabilities such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

VTTI instrumented each of the vehicles in the fleet with data collection equipment to capture video of the vehicles’ automation features at work as well as driver responses. Each vehicle was also equipped with an onboard unit (OBU) that facilitated communication via DSRC between the vehicle and the surrounding connected infrastructure of the VCC. When the vehicles were not within range of a DSRC-equipped RSU, they could communicate using cellular technology.

The vehicle fleet utilized Android smartphones to allow drivers to interface with the VCC Mobile application, which is appropriate for use while driving. The phones displayed location-based traveler information messages allowing drivers to interact with the system. VCC Monitor, a web-based situation awareness tool created by VTTI, provided real-time remote monitoring capabilities for each vehicle in the fleet when the ignition was on.

Work Zone Safety Initiatives

Since 2012, VTTI has been working in partnership with VDOT to develop, test, and demonstrate connected vehicle solution components that can improve roadside work zone safety. Most recently, CTI has been working on a Work Zone Builder application that will facilitate the digitization of roadside work zones for consumption by connected and automated vehicles. This application utilizes the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual to automatically apply work zone safety standards to new work zones entered into the application. Read More

Work Zone Safety Initiatives

Since 2012, VTTI has been working in partnership with VDOT to develop, test, and demonstrate connected vehicle solution components that can improve roadside work zone safety. Most recently, CTI has been working on a Work Zone Builder application that will facilitate the digitization of roadside work zones for consumption by connected and automated vehicles. This application utilizes the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual to automatically apply work zone safety standards to new work zones entered into the application.

Another work zone application developed by CTI, VCC Worker, facilitates the communication of relevant work zone and maintenance information between work zone personnel and drivers. Work zone personnel select their duty status (i.e., on/off duty) and their current activity (e.g., snow plow, mowing, static work area, etc.) in the application and this information is sent to the VCC Cloud via cellular communications. The VCC Cloud processes this data, allowing dynamic real-time advisories and alerts to be created and presented to passing motorists using the VCC Mobile application via DSRC or cellular depending on their position, speed, direction, etc.

AMP

The Automated Mobility Partnership (AMP) is an industry partnership promoting the development of tools, techniques, and data resources to support the rapid advancement of automated vehicle deployment for its members. The AMP research model is partner-driven (defined by members), rapid cycle (two-year program), and high influence (impactful deliverables, empowering members). CTI supports the AMP program by designing, developing, and maintaining the data distribution web portal. Users are able to query for data based on unique characteristics and can also download data files and simulations that support automated vehicle development. Read More

AMP

The Automated Mobility Partnership (AMP) is an industry partnership promoting the development of tools, techniques, and data resources to support the rapid advancement of automated vehicle deployment for its members. The AMP research model is partner-driven (defined by members), rapid cycle (two-year program), and high influence (impactful deliverables, empowering members). CTI supports the AMP program by designing, developing, and maintaining the data distribution web portal. Users are able to query for data based on unique characteristics and can also download data files and simulations that support automated vehicle development.

The AMP web portal leverages VTTI’s access to 70 million miles of extensive and continuous naturalistic driving data, including automated driving systems (ADSs) data, which provides true driving behaviors and performance, resulting in rich databases for subsequent mining and estimating prevalence/risk of a scenario. The web portal features a naturalistic crash, near-crash, and driving scenario library with parameterized data for virtual reconstruction to advance the development and evaluation of ADSs. The portal also applies advanced analytical techniques to characterize the scenarios based on VTTI’s 20 years of experience.

Tim Frye

Senior Research Associate

Sondra Iverson

Senior Research Associate

Dean Iverson

Senior Research Associate

Eric Nordberg

Research Scientist

Colleen Pawlicki

Research Associate

Elizabeth White

Research Associate