Connected and Automated Vehicles
Minnesota is preparing for connected and automated vehicles by observing trends and advancements in vehicle automation, connected vehicle technology, and other emerging trends. MnDOT’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Office (CAV-X) is the convening office for the state’s connected and automated vehicle transportation technology engagement, policy, testing and partnerships. To learn more about MnDOT’s work with electric vehicles visit MnDOT’s Office of Sustainability. To learn about transit in Minnesota visit the MnDOT Transit website.
Join us for the October 22nd MAASTO CAV virtual eSummit
The 10 midwestern states that make up the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) welcome transportation professionals, state DOT staff, industry, researchers and other transportation mobility advocates to join us at the first annual regional summit to hear from national leaders and develop a 10-year regional strategy.
October 22, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Link: https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/k2/j.php?MTID=t4b08ead24000f2018e061fa4510bca59 Password: MAASTO
Session Number: 146 392 8417
Conference call: 1-855-282-6330 (Access code: 146 392 8417)
What are Connected and Automated Vehicles?
Automated vehicles use technology to steer, accelerate, and brake with little to no human input. Some vehicles still require a human to monitor the roadway, while other vehicles require no human intervention.
Connected vehicles use technology to either communicate with each other, connect with traffic signals, signs, and other road items, or obtain data from a cloud. This information exchange will help with safety and improve traffic flow.
Nearly 94 percent of fatalities are caused by human factors; automation has the ability to save lives.
Greater mobility and equity
CAV may reduce transportation barriers by providing broader access to live, work and play where they choose.
Economic and workforce development
Minnesota and its workforce are competing in a global market; this technology provides an opportunity to compete in the movement of goods, services and people.
CAVs may reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.
Maximize health and environment
CAV could help us rethink the way we plan our communities to maximize health and sustainable transportation.
For more information about MnDOT’s key automation and connectivity initiatives, see the following focus areas: