Connected and Automated Vehicle Program
Truck platooning demonstration on Interstate 66
VDOT Leading The Way In Using Technology To Improve Safety And Mobility
Connected and automated vehicle technologies and solutions are expected to bring transformative change to the safety and efficiency of surface transportation.
The Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) program helps guide the department in the deployment and sustainment of related technologies and initiatives.
VDOT strives to capitalize on the safety and operational benefits of connected and automated vehicle technologies to meet the program’s goals and objectives. One of these is to position Virginia as the most attractive state for industry to deploy, test, operate and evolve connected vehicle products and services.
To achieve this, VDOT will leverage key resources unique to Virginia, including:
- A vast network of urban and rural roadways, most of which VDOT owns and operates
- Trusted world-class research and testing capabilities
- Mature, robust and supported networking and cloud-based data services
- An “open-for-business” regulatory environment for innovative transportation solutions
VDOT pursues connected and automated vehicle strategies that have the potential to:
- Reduce the frequency and severity of incidents
- Reduce congestion
- Improve situational awareness of our roadway network
- Ultimately reduce traffic management and control infrastructure
The CAV program supports several of the goals of VDOT, including:
- Reduce crashes and fatalities on Virginia roadways by improving safety measures
- Improve mobility to reduce delay, increases system reliability and provides more efficient use of physical infrastructure
- Reduce infrastructure investments through efficiencies enabled by the conversion of vehicles that are connected and automated
- Enhance traveler information
CAV Program Plan
Our CAV program plan provides a strategic roadmap to guide VDOT.
This supports deployment and sustainment of connected and automated vehicle technologies in the commonwealth.
Virginia’s CAV Test Bed Facilities and Data Portal
- Connected vehicle basics
- U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Automated Vehicle Program
- USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program
- Open Source Application Development Portal
- Research Data Exchange
- Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Virginia Transportation Research Council
- Impacts of connected and automated vehicles on state and local transportation agencies
- Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study
Virginia R. Lingham
Virginia Department of Transportation
Special assistant to the chief of innovation
Connected and automated vehicle program manager