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Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab

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The Automotive Innovation Facility houses the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) which provides a state of the art vehicle research facility and community space where interdisciplinary teams work on projects that move vehicle technology forward by focusing on human centered mobility solutions. High-profile Stanford projects accommodated in the building include research on drive-by-wire and driver assistance systems research by the Dynamic Design Lab of Chris Gerdes; research vehicles from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab that use deep learning and computer vision to automate the driving process; research on the interaction of drivers with vehicles in the driving simulator by Larry Leifer from the Center for Design Research; and the Stanford Solar Car Project that designs, builds and races the latest vehicle competing in the World Solar Challenge in Australia. VAIL provides project,  classroom and meeting space  for students and researchers to prototype the cars of the future.

The facility is also home to our Open Garage Talk speaker series, held quarterly and open to the public. VAIL is located towards the western end of Stanford Campus at the corner of Stock Farm and Oak Road.

Address: 473 Oak Road, Stanford, CA 94305
Directions: Stanford Maps

General Visitor Directions and Parking

There are two visitor parking lots nearby:

  L-17: at the corner of Stock Farm Road and Campus Drive West. Enter from Stock Farm Rd.
  L-22: south on Oak Road until the road turns into Searsville Road. The lot is next to the SESI building.

Parking is $1.50 per hour from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for coin –metered spaces. The Parkmobile app accepts credit card at pay-by-space and pay-and-display parking locations. Parkmobile charges 35 cents for each transaction. After 4:00 p.m. all Stanford meters and lots are open to the public with no fee required.

From Highway 280 (North or South):

   Exit Sand Hill Road East toward Stanford University.
   Turn right on Stock Farm Road.
   Turn right at the first stop sign onto Oak Rd.
   The Automotive Innovation Facility will be on your left.
   Parking areas are noted above.

From Highway 101 North & South

   Take Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford.
   At El Camino Real turn right and stay in middle lane.
   Make a left onto Sand Hill Road after Stanford Shopping Center.
   Turn left on Stock Farm Road.
   The Automotive Innovation Facility is on the corner of Stock Farm Road and Oak Road.