Connected and Automated Vehicle Program

Truck platooning demonstration on Interstate 66

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 an active participant in the deployment, testing, operation and evolution of connected and automated 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
  • A flexible 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, increase system reliability, and provide a 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

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Amanda Hamm
Connected and automated vehicle program manager
Office of Strategic Innovation
Virginia Department of Transportation

Page last modified: Nov. 4, 2019