August 2018 Catalyst

August 2018
For years, automated vehicles (AVs) have been the subject of research, testing, and avid speculation. And while the technology is developing rapidly, AV-focused policies are much further behind. With this in mind, CTS hosted a two-day Strategic Visioning Workshop for Automated Vehicles in Minnesota on June 25 and 26. The event convened about 100 representatives from across the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors to define and advance an agenda related to AVs in the state.
To reduce dangerous right-angle crashes at rural intersections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has deployed dynamic warning signs at approximately 52 sites throughout the state. U of M human factors researchers studied the current sign to identify what features or layouts may be problematic and propose safe and efficient alternatives.
Twin Cities businesses need a reliable and accessible freight network to compete in the Upper Midwest and beyond. However, many of the metro’s roadways are clogged with traffic during peak periods, disrupting truck schedules. In a recent project, U of M researchers developed new performance measures to identify more clearly the extent of system impediments for freight vehicles during peak periods in select corridors.
High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are one of the many tools available to help manage traffic demand on congested urban freeways. A new software tool developed by researchers at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory allows MnDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center to better design HOT-lane access for a good balance between service to the driving public and safety of the facility.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/Director: Laurie McGinnis

Editors: Pamela Snopl, Christine Anderson

Contributing Editors: Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy

Designer: Angela Kronebusch

Student Intern: Axel Gustafson

Freelance Writer: Megan Tsai

Photography: MnDOT