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Connected and Automated Vehicles MN -Tour of the Industry, 1.5 PDHs

September 27, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

CAV MN (Tour of the Industry)
Hosted at VSI Labs in St. Louis Park

in collaboration with Platinum Sponsor Bolton & Menk

Location: 7600 W 27th St, St Louis Park, MN 55426
Social networking happy hour to follow. Location TBD.


3:00 – 4:00pm: Presentations

  • Industry status overall and trends
  • Workforce Development
  • Core CAV Technologies- overview and roadmap
  • AV Readiness-DriveMN

4:00 to 4:30pm: Demos

Includes a VSI vehicle, microsite with live sensors demo, CAV in a box tabletop demo.


Free for current MnSPE members
$90 for non-members
Discounts for non-member employees of gold, platinum, and premier sponsors. See registration for details.

Register here

Presentation Descriptions and Presenters

Industry Status and Trends

Join us for an update on CAV trends! We will review some of the opportunities and challenges the public and private sectors face in the implementation of CAV.  Attendees will learn how vehicle manufacturers and roadway infrastructure teams need to collaborate to improve roadway safety and mobility through the advancement of CAV solutions.

This presentation will cover:

  • Challenges the public agencies and vehicle manufacturers are facing working with one another
  • Opportunities to be gained from true public/private sector collaboration

Presenter: Chris Chromy, PE, PTOE, Principal Engineer, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Chris is passionate about working with clients to create safe and efficient transportation systems. He began his career in 1993 and leads Bolton & Menk’s transportation work group. Chris has a track record of success delivering and managing highly visible, multimodal transportation projects. He understands the interdependent relationships between the various functional areas of a project and promotes synergy between them to surpass client expectations.

Core CAV Technologies

We will discuss the future of automated vehicle technologies, including a decomposition of the core technologies used for vehicle automation.

This presentation will cover:

  • How sensors and computers are used
  • Risks and technology safety
  • Homologation challenges (how do you test and certify safety)

Presenter: Phil Magney, President & Founder, VSI Labs

Phil is an automotive electronics expert with more than 25 years of experience in active safety systems, automated vehicle systems, and telematics. He is the founder and principal advisor of Vision Systems Intelligence (VSI) Labs, the leading global researcher and advisory firm on autonomous vehicle enabling technologies. Phil is trained in ISO 26262 and has a deep understanding of Functional Safety and the elements of automotive safety and autonomous control systems.

AV Readiness: DriveMN Case Study

In August, equipped research vehicles drove more than 1,000 miles of Minnesota roadways to gather CAV/roadway interaction data across a sampling of roadway types, while sharing state of the industry information at eight destinations along the way. We will highlight preliminary trends and findings from the drive itself and discuss how CAV technologies interface with existing infrastructure.

This presentation will cover:

  • How autonomous vehicles perceive different kinds of traffic control
  • How autonomous vehicles interact with work zones and work zone traffic control
  • How different signing and pavement marking layouts, materials, and sizes impact vehicle sensor performance

Presenter: Ross Tillman, PE, Principal Engineer, Bolton & Menk, Inc.

Ross is a principal transportation engineer with Bolton & Menk. His experience includes planning, preliminary and final design, traffic analyses, and traffic signal coordination and timing. Ross has Intelligent Transportation System experience and has enjoyed working on projects that merge technology with transportation infrastructure.

Workforce Development

The University of Minnesota sponsors a CAV Career Pathways Camp designed to spark the interest of high school students in CAV-related educational disciplines and careers. This presentation will feature highlights from the camp where students explored CAV technology and discovered a variety of career opportunities in an industry that is helping to shape the future of transportation.

This presentation will cover:

  • How experiential camps are used as a strategy to engage students about future careers
  • How highlighting emerging technologies can attract new people to the transportation industry
  • How practitioners can become involved in supporting student outreach

Presenter: Gina Baas, Associate Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota

Gina is an associate director at the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota. She provides overall leadership in the areas of engagement and education through identifying new opportunities, securing funding, directing programs, guiding program and project delivery, and establishing future directions. As a member of the CTS Leadership Team, Gina helps guide all aspects of the Center’s operations including policy development, strategic positioning, resource allocation, and staff development.


September 27, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0