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Executive Report on Connected and Automated Vehicles

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles has released the CAV Executive Report under Executive Order 18-04.

Minnesota CAV Challenge

The next round of proposals under the new Minnesota CAV Challenge program are due January 18, 2019 and March 15, 2019. This innovative program is the first of its kind to allow industry and transportation partners to propose unique ideas to advance CAV in Minnesota.

Benefits of automated vehicle technology

  • 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 cold help us rethink the way we plan our communities to maximize health and sustainable transportation.

Testing of automated vehicles

Automated 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.