The report outlines how various types of entities, including cities, are involved in efforts to advance connected and automated vehicle technologies in Minnesota.
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles on April 5 released its annual report, describing Minnesota’s readiness for the technology and outlining the state’s major connected and automated vehicles (CAV) efforts in 2020.
The council met virtually over the past year and launched the CAV Innovation Alliance to coordinate emerging technologies statewide. The work of the council will shape the way CAV technology is implemented regionally and in communities statewide.
The report, which informs the Legislature and governor about CAV efforts in Minnesota, notes key activities, including:
- Testing new cellular vehicle communications technologies that connect snowplows and prevent red-light running to help avoid collisions.
- Completing a 10-year investment plan for fiberoptic that supports CAVs and broadband.
- Conducting the nation’s largest CAV survey to understand Minnesotans’ attitudes on CAV, as part of the state’s planning efforts for the Minnesota Strategic CAV Messaging and Engagement Plan, to be completed in 2021.
- Kicking off the state’s first CAV corridor planning effort with communities along Highway 52 from Rochester to St. Paul.
- Integrating CAV technology into snowplows to alert drivers when they’re approaching a plow to help them avoid crashes and “see” in snowy conditions.
Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 19-18 continued the Advisory Council, established under former Gov. Mark Dayton, to study, assess, and prepare the state for the opportunities and challenges associated with the widespread adoption of connected and automated vehicles and other transportation technologies.
The Advisory Council is co-chaired by MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher and VSI Labs Founder and President Phil Magney. Membership represents a variety of public and private sector organizations, including the League of Minnesota Cities.