CTS Webinar: Addressing the Challenges of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
2:00–3:30 p.m. CST

About the Event

This webinar will feature presentations on connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) from two contributors to our Future of Mobility series.

Mechanical engineering professor Rajesh Rajamani will discuss the challenges for CAVs on winter roads and potential strategies for addressing them. Companies like Tesla, Waymo and Uber have held out the promise that future cars will operate entirely automatically, without requiring any driver engagement. However, the industry has focused on developing and demonstrating CAVs in sunny-weather locations such as California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Very little testing and deployment has occurred in states with significant winter/snow seasons.

Raphael Stern, assistant professor of civil, environmental, and geo- engineering, will explore the risk of cyberattacks on CAVs. While CAVs offer the potential for substantial improvements in efficiency and safety, they also introduce the potential risk of malicious actors compromising vehicle security using cyberattacks. Some particularly damaging cyberattacks may be easy to detect; other attacks may be more stealthy in nature, yet still result in significant disruption.

You’ll also hear updates on CAV-related research at the U’s MnCAV Ecosystem from CTS Associate Director Gina Baas and learn about the latest CAV activities at MnDOT from a representative of the agency’s Connected and Automated Vehicles Office (invited).

The webinar will be held in conjunction with a meeting of the CTS Transportation Safety and Mobility Research Council.


This webinar is free to attend, but registration is required. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation with a Zoom link. The link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you.

If you’re unable to join us for the live broadcast, a recording will be available on the CTS website after the event.

With questions, please contact Samantha Hahn-Douville at snhahn@umn.edu.


The webinar is eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits.

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