Virginia Tech Transportation Institute unveils Smart Road expansions

Virginia Tech is one step closer to putting that self-driving car you want in your garage.

 

On Tuesday, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute unveiled four additions to its Smart Road: a Surface Street Expansion, the Live Roadway Connector, an Automation Hub and Rural Roadway Expansion.

 

The existing Smart Road helped autonomous cars learn how to drive on Interstate roads. The cars could easily cruise in different types of weather and navigate around stopped cars, all while staying in the correct lanes without the help of a driver.

 

The new roads will help these cars learn how to drive on older backroads, roads that don't have lane markings or are smaller than normal and neighborhood roads with multiple distractions.

 

"The facility that we're standing on is like Lego Land," says the transportation institute director Tom Dingus. "We can add buildings and pavement markings, portable sidewalks and bus stops, we can create any environment, any urban environment that we want."

 

While the Hub and Roadway Expansion won't be open until 2018, the Surface Street expansion is ready for a drive and the Roadway Connector will be open next week. Dingus says these are facilities that can't be found anywhere else in the nation.


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