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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.

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.


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.