Virginia leading on driverless-vehicle efforts

Derided nearly 20 years ago as a $100 million “road to nowhere,” the Virginia Smart Road has helped lure more than $300 million in advanced transportation research to the state.
And it’s one of the main reasons Virginia is poised to be a leader in helping design the cars of tomorrow, officials say.

On Monday, a team from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which operates the Smart Road, will take a self-driving car built in-house to Northern Virginia for a closed demonstration to show off the state’s latest carrot to attract high-tech automotive business here.