To keep pace with the growing number of states that already have legislation for connected and automated vehicles and to ensure Minnesotans benefit from the technology, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles released a report today outlining recommendations to increase safety, enhance mobility options, expand the economy and maximize health and the environment.
The report is the result of Gov. Mark Dayton’s March 5, 2018, executive order, which established the advisory council and directed it to recommend changes to statutes, rules and policies based on stakeholder and public input. The report also recommends updating the Minnesota Data Practice Act to protect the personal data of people traveling in automated vehicles and develop security protocols to address cyber security risk.
Recommendations include passing legislation to authorize a pilot program for the safe testing of automated vehicles and a program for truck platooning, which allows two or more vehicles equipped with connected technology to travel in a convoy exempt from the following distance requirements. The report also recommends developing a public engagement plan to continue working with communities to help guide future CAV policy and hold CAV demonstrations to provide Minnesotans opportunities to learn how the technology can improve lives.
“If Minnesota doesn’t take any action to anticipate CAV technology, it will miss a critical opportunity to use technology for the benefit of Minnesotans and businesses,” said Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle, who co-chaired the advisory council with Chris Clark, Xcel Energy president-Minnesota. “Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to greatly expand mobility for all.”
“The way we get around town is evolving, with automation and connectivity becoming more available and affordable in personal and public vehicles,” said Clark. “Automated vehicles present tremendous opportunities for Minnesota when it comes to safety, equity, economic development and sustainability. This report is the result of great collaboration between public and private partners, and I look forward to continuing to work together to guide the future of connected and automated vehicles in Minnesota.”