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.
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.
Connected 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.
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.
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.