MnDOT Releases Connected and Automated Vehicles Strategic Plan

The plan includes 65 recommendations to guide infrastructure investments, prioritize research, modernize policy on connected and automated vehicles, and more.
(Published Sep 3, 2019)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released a strategic plan pertaining to connected and automated vehicles (CAV), also known as autonomous vehicles.

Over the past year, MnDOT’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Office (CAV-X) traveled across the state to meet with MnDOT districts and offices, cities, counties, planning organizations, transit agencies, universities, safety advocates, health care and accessibility advocates, planners, engineers, and the public to strategically prepare for CAV.

Contents of the plan

The strategic plan includes 65 recommendations to guide infrastructure investments, prioritize research, build partnerships, modernize policy and regulation, mitigate operation and maintenance challenges, prepare the workforce, and engage stakeholders on CAV.

Recommendations include:

  • Provide CAV resources and support to local, regional, and tribal governments.
  • Convene workshops to develop guidance and share best practices.
  • Hold demonstrations throughout Minnesota.
  • Assess communications infrastructure to find opportunities to partner on building out fiber optic.
  • Build traffic signal readiness for CAV.
  • Develop a truck platooning network plan.
  • Pilot innovative pavement markings.
  • Continue the Minnesota CAV Challenge request for proposals.
  • Develop CAV data sharing and network management plans.
  • Evaluate CAV staffing abilities and create a CAV talent pipeline.

—Access MnDOT’s CAV strategic plan

Questions about the CAV strategic plan may be directed to Kristin White, CAV-X innovation director, at kristin.white@state.mn.us.

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