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We’re not just thinking about autonomous vehicles. We’re driving them.

In a thriving sector, companies at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center are creating an autonomous vehicle ecosystem that will transform the industry and the future of transportation. It started with the Smart Road right here in Southwest Virginia and now extends to household names.

Autonomous and Drone Innovation

Global leaders like TORC and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are helping get us where we need to be in more streamlined and innovative ways. In addition, drone technology is transforming industries and changing how companies do business.

Regional Growth Opportunities

The proximity of two major interstates — I-81 and I-77 — makes it easy to see this technology in action and conduct real-time research. Plus, there’s a major research university with a top-notch engineering program and wide talent pool right next door to the research park.

An autonomous vehicle with no steering wheel developed at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Drone development by the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech

Drone development

You may have read about self-driving technology … as being new, and only taking place in Silicon Valley. But for the last twelve years, we’ve been running self-driving vehicles in our region.

Michael Fleming

Founder, Torc Robotics

The Automotive and Transportation Industry in Virginia

By the numbers

SOURCE: Virginia Economic Development Partnership


Virginia’s research spending in areas relevant to automotive manufacturing


Major automotive research centers — the Highway Research Center, the Vehicle Research Center, Racing College of Virginia, and VTTI


Investment in automotive research by Virginia universities

Let’s Get Started.

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