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Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles

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.

Preparing Minnesota

At the statewide level, strategies are being formed to modernize policy and laws, create an equitable transportation system, engage the public, and foster partnerships. Governor Walz is forming a CAV Advisory Council, which builds upon the recommendations of the 2018 Advisory Council  Executive Report. Recommendations were gathered from public meetings held throughout the state on a variety of topics, including data privacy, insurance, equity, accessibility, traffic safety, revenue and land use.
The Interagency CAV Team (I-CAV) brings together state agencies, local units of government, and the Metropolitan Council to coordinate CAV planning activities.  I-CAV ensures interagency coordination and collaboration in developing cross-agency policies and programs to strategically advance and prepare the State of Minnesota for adoption of connected and automated vehicles and other intelligent transportation technologies.  I-CAV also provides support and policy advice to the CAV Advisory Council.

MnDOT is supporting the statewide effort to prepare for CAV.  The MnDOT CAV Strategic Plan provides 65 recommendations to prepare our workforce and transportation system for the future. 

CAV Projects

MnDOT is researching, testing, and implementing CAV through a variety of projects.  These projects will ultimately use technology to improve safety, traffic flow, and maintenance operations. 
The Minnesota CAV Challenge allows industry and transportation partners to propose innovative projects to advance CAV technologies in Minnesota.  The on-going Request for Proposals allows proposal to be submitted at any time.

Engagement

MnDOT will continue to lead and build trust in how the state is planning and preparing for safe CAV through strategic communications and engagement.  Our engagement objectives include:

  • Providing opportunities for Minnesotans to learn about CAV, share diverse ideas, and provide feedback
  • Promoting collaborative opportunities to help shape a responsive CAV policy for all Minnesotans
  • Creating relationships and a strong foundation for CAV by identifying and addressing concerns, as well as identifying and integrating diversity of ideas
  • Identifing and building consensus on CAV policy informed by an array of perspectives

Engagement Activities

If you would like to know more about CAV engagement opportunities, please contact CAV-X Engagement Coordinator, Keith Mensah.

Testing of automated vehicles

Minnesota does not have specific automated vehicle legislation.  Automated vehicle testing and operation on public roadways must meet current statutes and laws. Contact MnDOT with questions. 

Truck Platooning

Truck platooning is only legal if a plan has been submitted and approved by MnDOT

Why CAV?

Increased safety

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.

Efficiency

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.