Self-driving cars on Minnesota streets? Grant will help researchers prepare

University of Minnesota researchers received a $1.75 million grant to continue studying the future impact of self-driving vehicles.

The 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation will research connecting communities with self-driving cars through shared data and will recommend guidelines for future transportation projects.

Researchers will partner with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit which are also studying the potential effects of self-driving vehicles in Minnesota.

In March, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order creating an advisory council on connected or automated vehicles. The council is expected to deliver a final report about the future and costs of the technology in Minnesota to the governor and Legislature by December 1.


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