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Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles

MnDOT Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Plan

The CAV Strategic Plan provides strategies and recommendations to prepare MnDOT’s transportation system and workforce for CAV technology. 

Executive Order 19-18 on Connected and Automated Vehicles

On April 1, 2019, Governor Tim Walz signed Executive Order 19-18 (PDF), which will form a second Council on Connected and Automated Vehicle.  This council will propose policies to safely test and deploy connected and automated vehicles.

Applications for the council will be accepted through the Minnesota Secretary of State Office website starting mid-April. 

Executive report on Connected and Automated Vehicles

The first Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles released their executive report required under Executive Order 18-04. 

Minnesota CAV Challenge

The Minnesota CAV Challenge program is accepting proposals in May and July, with additional dates being considered in the fall of 2019. 

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.


CAVs may reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic flow.

Maximize health and environment

CAV could 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.