Cars on divided highway in winter.

Focus Areas

Leveraging University of Minnesota expertise with external partners, MnCAV Ecosystem research draws on our unique strengths to conduct research in the following areas:

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Cold weather conditions

Minnesota’s climate offers the ideal environment to conduct research and test capabilities to safely operate CAVs in cold weather conditions—critical for taking CAVs from the lab into the streets.

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CAVs carry the potential to improve the livelihood of underserved populations. Our research will explore the daily needs of all communities to inform the design of an equitable mobility system.

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Public perception and trust

Full integration of CAVs into society will require people to believe they are safe. Work in this area will aim to foster awareness of CAV technologies and design vehicles that humans can trust.

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The connected environment

A successful transition to CAV will require a strategy that integrates both the hard infrastructure (such as roadways, traffic lights, and curbs) and companion road uses (such as light rail) to build a connected ecosystem.

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Vulnerable road users

Safely integrating CAVs into the urban and rural transportation networks will require ways to detect and identify vulnerable road users, such as bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as learning how these road users will interact with CAVs.

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Research Spotlight

MnCAV driving on campus in the winter
Automated shuttle operating on city streets of Rochester

More Research

For a comprehensive list of University of Minnesota research related to connected and automated vehicles, visit the CAV research page on the CTS website.