Autonomous and Connected Vehicles


Fairfax County is the test ground for self-driving cars and connected infrastructure in Virginia. The state’s intelligent roads are all located in Fairfax, and top autonomous vehicle researchers come here to road test their technology.

On May 3, 2017, Fairfax County and Virginia Tech National Capital Region brought togther AV experts, policy makers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs to:

  • Present ongoing research
  • Showcase technology including offering demonstration rides
  • Discuss the future impacts

Watch the panel discussion in its entirety. It was moderated by David Zipper from 1776, and the panelists were:

  • Cathy McGhee, director of the Virginia Transportation Research Council
  • Reg Viray, research associate at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • John Estrada, CEO of eTrans Systems
  • Dwight Farmer, senior advisor at RK&K and former transportation official

Virginia's smart roads form a loop from I-66, 495, and 95 to U.S. 29 and 50. This automated corridor is where automated and connected cars get road tested in real-world conditions.

On Oct. 19-20, 2015, researchers with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tested this technology on the reversable lanes on I-395 and I-95. Watch how their connected car and roads communicate with each other.

You can help to advance the technology—and get paid up to $3,850 for driving your own car as part of the Virginia Tech Tranportation Institute's ongoing study.

Join the ongoing online conversation using the hashtag #selfdrivingfairfax.


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