Scenarios and Justification for Automated Vehicle Demonstration in Rural Minnesota

Automated vehicles (AVs) have the potential to disrupt the current transportation system and culture. While experts debate the exact timeline, the question is likely a matter of when, not if. Therefore, communities of all kinds need to prepare for this future. Small urban and rural communities, in particular, could benefit from the development of the technology, as many of their residents are unable to drive due to age and/or disability. Automated technology could provide a cost-effective and efficient solution for these communities, but so far, most of the AV testing has been conducted in densely populated urban areas. This project provides justification for why rural and small urban communities should host AV demonstrations and how these communities can create a plan to do so. The authors accomplish this task by providing information about rural and small urban communities and by reviewing the current state of AV technology, the legal environment for AVs, and best practices from past and current AV demonstrations. The authors also engage with two small urban communities in Minnesota to gather information about real community needs, desires, and limitations.

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    • This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program, in the interest of information exchange.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    State and Local Policy Program, 154 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Roadway Safety Institute

    Center for Transportation Studies
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455

    Center for Transportation Studies

    University of Minnesota
    440 University Office Plaza, 2221 University Avenue SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55414

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Douma, Frank
    • Petersen, Erin
  • Publication Date: 2019-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 40p

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  • Accession Number: 01716813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CTS 19-18, CTS #2018068
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35
  • Created Date: Sep 17 2019 5:07PM