Transportation Secretary announces Virginia Tech gets two ADS grants

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WASHINGTON, DC (WDBJ7) - Wednesday morning U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced nearly $60 million in federal grant funding to eight automated driving systems (ADS) projects, with Virginia Tech receiving two of those grants.

The grants aim to test the safe integration of ADS on the nation’s roads and collect safety data. The data will be used to inform rulemaking and foster collaboration between state and local government with private partners.

One Virginia Tech project will develop a Fleet Concept of Operations to provide the trucking industry with guidelines on how to safely implement ADS-equipped trucks. The other project will define, develop, and demonstrate dynamic scenarios and their potential solutions for safe interaction of ADS-equipped vehicles in a Northern Virginia corridor.

“The Department is awarding $60 million in grant funding to test the safe integration of automated vehicles into America’s transportation system while ensuring that legitimate concerns about safety, security, and privacy are addressed,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Secretary Chao announced the grant recipients at the Federal Highway Administration Research Showcase, an event promoting the importance of research and innovation in transportation.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, automation offers the potential to improve safety for all travelers sharing the road. To address this potential, DOT solicited applications through the Notice of Funding Opportunity for ADS Demonstration Grants.

The other grant recipients are:

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
University of Iowa
Ohio Department of Transportation
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
City of Detroit, MI
Contra Costa Transportation Authority,

More information on the applications received can be found here

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