Maryland DOT Autonomous Automobile Demonstration Project at MARC Train Dorsey Station

The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Invites you to our monthly lunch meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
All are welcome to join us at our monthly lunch meeting. The event is open to both IEEE members and non-members at no cost. A buffet meal is available for $15 for IEEE members and $20 for non-members, cash at the door. Students with ID eat free. Please indicate your IEEE membership status and if you want a meal when you make your reservation. Send reservation requests to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com by March 6.

Date and Time

  • Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM


  • 1300 I Street, NW
  • Franklin Square
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • American Public Transportation Association
  • Suite 1200 East
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Testing of autonomous vehicle parking (AVP) by the company STEER Tech began in 2019 in the hourly garage at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Additionally, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) launched a pilot study to test the feasibility of self-parking cars at the Dorsey MARC Train Station on the Camden Line.

In 2018, STEER evaluated its autonomous vehicle system in a closed course at BWI Marshall Airport. During that initial phase of testing, there were zero accidents and no safety-critical disengagements.

“Connected and autonomous vehicle technology can enhance safety for both drivers and pedestrians,” said MDOT Motor Vehicle Administrator and CAV Working Group Co-Chair Chrissy Nizer. “Pilot projects, such as the one conducted by STEER, allow us to evaluate all potential impacts. We are always striving to enhance the transportation experience for our customers and save lives. This new technology is a key way to achieve those goals.”

Transit customers who use large commuter parking lots will benefit from the AVP technology by allowing their cars to drive themselves to parking spaces, keeping commuters from having to walk long distances. AVP-equipped vehicles would also be able to drive themselves from their parking spots back to the station where drivers would be waiting on the station platform.

The pilot at the Dorsey MARC station is funded, in part, by the Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Grant.

For more information, see https://steer-tech.com/


Anuja Sonalker founded STEER in 2016. STEER’s mission is to build Robust, Secure, Connected Self-Driving technologies that will change your life. What started as an experiment to create a cyber-secure product from the ground up, became a full-fledged, robust, secure, self-parking technology built on robust middleware.

Anuja is also Chair of the ISO Standard 21434: Road Vehicle Cybersecurity for Secure Product Development, Vice-Chair of the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee and an Expert on the Joint SAE-ISO Joint Working Group.

She earned her doctorate in network security at the University of Maryland and holds an MS in computer engineering from North Carolina State University.

Email: info@steer-tech.com

Address:10840 Guilford Rd, , Annapolis Junction, Maryland, United States, 20701


  • 11:30 am – lunch and conversation
  • 12:00 pm – presentation & discussion
  • 01:00 pm – adjourn


Red Line Metro Center Station
Exit station through 13TH ST NW & G ST NW entrance.
Walk approx. 2 blocks North on 13th St NW.

Orange/Blue/Silver Lines McPherson Square Station
Exit station through 14TH & I ST NW – FRANKLIN SQUARE entrance.
Walk approximately 1 block East on I St NW.

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