Self-driving cars to be tested on Northern Virginia highways

Self-driving cars

Self-driving cars soon will be cruising along more than 70 miles of Northern Virginia highways that include some of the country’s most congested roads as part of an automated vehicle testing initiative.

The research will be overseen by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute on portions of Interstates 95, 495 and 66 as well as on U.S. 29 and U.S. 50 that are being dubbed Virginia Automated Corridors.

Myra Blanco, director of the program, said Virginia will set itself apart from other states by making it easier for manufacturers to test their technologies. The program will be launched without public input.

Ms. Blanco gave no indication this is a joke.

Read the full story at Richmond Times-Dispatch.