Two exciting new MnDOT CAV projects will be kicking off in the months ahead.
The Med City Mover will carry its last passengers at the end of August as the 12-month pilot comes to an end. This research project effectively engaged Minnesotans on the potential benefit and opportunities of the technology, tested and improved how automated vehicles function in winter weather conditions, and identified needed changes to infrastructure. Thank you to everyone who helped make the Med City Mover a success!
Beginning in early August, Bear Tracks, a highly automated, 11 passenger, low-speed, fully electric shuttle will be available for the public to ride in White Bear Lake. The pilot project will familiarize the public with AV technology, gather lessons learned for AV operators in all weather conditions, and provide innovative and enhanced mobility for persons with disabilities and seniors.
Multiple, self-driving vehicles using state-of-the-art technology are coming to Grand Rapids, MN. The pilot, called goMARTI, will offer free, on-demand rides and plans to advance AV technology in rural, winter conditions, engage, educate, and build trust with communities, expand safe, accessible transportation, and understand the economic development impacts to the Iron Range. The vehicles plan to launch in the Fall of 2022.