Self-driving vehicles and vehicles able to communicate are on their way into our society, and a governor's council tasked with figuring out how to best integrate them is looking for members.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz established the 15-member advisory council on connected and automated vehicles in April. The council will continue the work of a similar advisory council appointed last year that studied issues surrounding high-tech vehicles and recommended policy changes regarding their adoption in the state.
Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher will co-chair the council. Gov. Walz will name another co-chair at a later date.
To apply, go to the Board and Commissions portion of the website for the secretary of state. The deadline is Monday, May 6, although applications will be taken until the governor announces the council.
Applicants should have relevant experience in the automotive industry, technology, mobility, freight, labor, public safety, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, elder care, tort liability, workforce training, higher education, transit, business and finance, cybersecurity or data privacy.
MnDOT first tested the use of an automated shuttle bus in 2017. While tests have shown self-driving vehicles do well on dry surfaces, they have also confused snowfall, blowing dust and even vehicle exhaust as obstacles and slowed down or stopped as a result.