Scenarios and Justification for Automated Vehicle Demonstration in Rural Minnesota

The potential benefits of automated vehicles (AV’s) have been discussed at length: reduced need for parking, increased opportunity for vehicle sharing, increased efficiency in use of vehicles, etc. However, most of those benefits will occur in relatively densely populated urban areas. Two of the most significant benefits, safety and mobility for those who cannot drive, however, can accrue nearly anywhere. Given that fatalities and serious injuries disproportionately occur in rural areas and that these areas also have a disproportionate number of senior citizens and people with disabilities, finding a model for developing and deploying these technologies in small towns and rural areas is as important as similar efforts in urban areas. This research aims to develop such a model, identifying the questions that must be addressed, as well as data and other resources that will inform answers to those questions, and suggesting how such a model might be demonstrated. While the model will focus on longer term benefits that can accrue from deployment of fully self-driving (aka “Level 5”) technology, the proposed demonstration will recognize that current AV technologies are not mature and have limits that show the potential of the technology without creating additional risk.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $44909
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Center Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Minnesota

    Humphrey School of Public Affairs
    301 19th Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455
  • Principal Investigators:

    Douma, Frank

  • Start Date: 20180401
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668358
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Roadway Safety Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC35, CTS-2018068
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 1 2018 12:32PM