Joining California, Nevada, Michigan, Florida and Washington, D.C., Virginia will become the newest addition to the self-driving vehicle club.
Like a mechanical anticoagulant, self-driving vehicles are finding their way into some of the nation’s most congested roadways. Self-driving vehicles will soon be deployed along 70 miles of Northern Virginia’s newly dubbed Virginia Automated Corridors: Interstate 95, Interstate 495, Interstate 66, U.S. 29 and U.S. 50, researchers announced June 1.
Myra Blanco, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute’s Center for Automated Vehicle Systems, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Virginia is taking a different approach than other states by helping manufacturers, none of which have yet been specifically named for this project.
Self-driving vehicles will first be tested on private tracks — the institute’s Smart Road in Montgomery County and the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax County — before they're allowed on the roads, and once on the roads, the vehicles will be required to have a human driver behind the wheel for safety.