Safe-D: Safety through Disruption


Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) conducts research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has impacted public policy on national and international levels.

VTTI is a pioneer in the development of naturalistic driving studies for vehicle safety research and is leading multiple connected-automated projects with industry leaders who use such facilities as the Virginia Automated and Connected Corridors, the Virginia Smart Road, and the Virginia International Raceway to develop, test, certify, and deploy advanced-vehicle technology. Institute researchers have testified before Congress and state transportation subcommittees, play a paramount role in federal regulatory actions (e.g., hours of service and texting regulations), and serve as keynotes and as members on various industry-wide panels and boards.


Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Established in 1950, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers. TTI’s headquarters is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. At any one time, TTI has research projects in about 30 U.S. states and 20 foreign countries.

Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. The TTI Center for Transportation Safety conducts research and outreach programs to develop safer roadways, safer drivers and to address the needs of vulnerable road users. TTI is leading the way with research into how infrastructure and policy can support the advancement of connected and automated vehicles.


San Diego State University

Founded in 1897, SDSU is an urban, public education institution, the oldest and largest in the San Diego region. With an enrollment of more than 35,000 students, SDSU is increasingly becoming a top choice for undergraduates as evidenced by the record number of applications received each year.

Renowned for its academic excellence, the university is home to top-ranked graduate programs in business; engineering; public health; psychology; fine arts; biological sciences; public affairs; education; and speech, language, and hearing sciences. Increasingly recognized for innovative research, SDSU is establishing itself as one of the leading public research universities. It is classified as a “research-high” institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Research funding has more than doubled from a decade ago. Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1 billion in grants and contracts for research and program administration.