Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Connected and Automated Vehicles

Background

Connected and Automated Vehicle technology is rapidly advancing around the country and the world. These vehicles have the potential to reduce crashes by minimizing human factors during driving. As the technology advances, Minnesota is monitoring and testing how this technology works in cold and winter weather conditions.

Benefits of autonomous vehicle technology

  • Safer roads
  • Improved mobility services
  • Reduced congestion
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Cleaner environment
  • Better land use
  • Positive societal impacts
  • Better quality of life
  • Enhanced partnerships

More about connected and automated vehicle technology

Testing of autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicle testing and operation on public roadways must meet current statutes and laws. Truck platooning is only legal if the road authority specially designates a lane for use by motor trucks. Operators interested in testing truck platooning should contact MnDOT.