Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Connected and Automated Vehicles


MnDOT is researching and piloting connected and automated vehicle technology that will help the agency prepare for the future transportation needs in Minnesota.

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.

CAV challenge projects

The following projects have been selected through the Minnesota CAV Challenge RFP, and are under contract with MnDOT.  

  • Automated Bus Consortium (ABC)
  • Automated Truck Mounted Attenuator
  • Can Automated Vehicles See In Snow?

Test Corridors

MnDOT is testing connected and automated vehicle technologies on freeway, rural expressways, and arterial roadways.  

  • The TH 55 Connected Corridor provides secure Signal Phasing and Timing (SPaT) on 22 intersections in the Twin Cities west metro
  • TH 52 Rural Corridor - MnDOT’s goal is to improve safety and traffic flow on TH 52 between Rochester Minnesota and St Paul.  CAV will potentially be used to improve work zones and provide more weather and incident management warnings to travelers. 
  • I-94 – MnDOT will be installing and testing advanced pavement markings on I-94 to support vehicle automation and human drivers.  
  • MnROAD provides a 2.5 mile closed track, and a 3.5 mile closed segment of freeway, to test automated vehicle and connected vehicle technology. 
  • Camp Ripley

Other active projects

  • Work Zone Data Initiative
  • Snow Plow Driver Assist Update

Recently completed projects