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Connected and Automated Vehicles

MnDOT CAV scenario planning workshops


MnDOT hosted a series of workshops to explore how connected and automated vehicles (CAV) could change transportation and life in Minnesota in the next 20 years. These workshops were held in cities across Minnesota in 2018 and early 2019. The goal of these workshops was to get insight on how different CAV futures may impact Minnesotans and to develop approaches for the benefit of people across the state.


From September 2018 to April 2019 the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) partnered with metropolitan planning organizations, regional development commissions, and other agencies and institutions to conduct 12 Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Scenario Planning workshops. These workshops brought together transportation stakeholders to explore four possible connected and automated vehicle futures looking out to 2040 with varying levels of the following:

  • Automation: Degree to which vehicles are automated and driver is in control or is needed
  • Connectivity: Degree to which vehicles can communicate with other vehicles (vehicle to vehicle or V2V), infrastructure (vehicle to infrastructure or V2I), other devices (vehicle to other or V2X)
  • Electrification: Growth in electric vehicles and charging and other infrastructure to support their use. While not necessary for automation, future automated fleets are typically assumed to be electric
  • Shared mobility: Shared use of a vehicle, bicycle, scooter, or other transportation mode. Shared mobility allows users to access transportation on an as needed basis and without needed to own it

Responses from these workshops are being analyzed and will be presented in a report expected summer 2019. The responses will be used to inform MnDOT’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Plan (summer 2019) and its Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (soon to be in process). Input will help MnDOT plan for a connected and automated future regardless of which scenario (or combination) may occur.

For questions and comments about the workshops please contact Keith Mensah or Hally Turner


Advancing technology

Today’s technology gets incrementally better and becomes more common. There are moderate advances and wider adoption of CAV technologies that were available or in advanced stages of testing in 2019.

Advancing technology scenario fact sheet (PDF)

Connected infrastructure 

Connect vehicles and devices improve safety and efficiency. The public sector makes significant investment in connected infrastructure to encourage CAV adoption, which has lagged due to slower than expected development of automated vehicle technologies.

Connected infrastructure scenario fact sheet (PDF)

Private automation

Automated vehicles are here, for better and for worse. Automated vehicles proliferate with a mix of privately owned vehicles and competing mobility-on-demand providers. Congestion is common in urban areas.

Private automation scenario fact sheet (PDF)

Integrated mobility

Connected and automated transportation is widely available and serves everyone. On-demand CAV ride-hailing and transit services expand and integrate with other modes of transportation through data sharing, policy, and connected infrastructure.

Integrated mobility scenario fact sheet (PDF)

Meeting locations and times


Hobson Memorial Union – 1500 Birchmont Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
1 to 4 p.m.  


MnDOT District 1 Office – 1123 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
9 a.m. to noon


Hjemkmost Center – 202 First Ave., Moorhead, MN 56560
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018
9 a.m. to noon

St. Cloud

St. Cloud Greater River Regional Library – 1300 W. St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019
1-4 p.m.


MnDOT District 7 Office – 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019
1 to 4 p.m.

Metro CAV scenario meeting 1 (technical)

WSB – 701 Xenia Avenue S., Suite 300, Golden Valley, MN 55416
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
9 a.m. to noon

Metro CAV scenario meeting 2 (technical)

WSB – 701 Xenia Avenue S., Suite 300, Golden Valley, MN 55416
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
1-4 p.m.

Metro CAV scenario meeting 3 (policy) - CANCELLED

Met Council Chambers – 390 Robert Street N, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019
4-7 p.m.

East Grand Forks

East Grand Forks City Hall – 600 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
3 to 6 p.m.


Southwest MN State University – 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
1 to 4 p.m.


MnDOT District 6 Facility - 2900 48th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
8:30 to 11:30 am

Metro CAV scenario planning workshop

Concordia University in St. Paul, Buetow Memorial Music Center – 300 Hamline Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Metro CAV scenario planning workshop

Metropolitan Council Chambers – 390 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55101
Monday, April 29, 2019
4 to 7 p.m.