Emerging Technologies

In addition to its other research areas, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory explores the application of emerging technologies such as GPS, wireless communications, devices for portable data collection and classification, connected vehicle technologies, and wireless traffic sensors.

Featured Project: Rapidly deployable, low-cost traffic data and video collection device

MnPASS lanes

To meet the needs of transportation practitioners, planners, and researchers, a team from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering and engineersĀ  at the Minnesota Traffic Observatory developed a portable traffic data collection system that is easily deployable, non-intrusive, and inexpensive. This system is designed for temporary data gathering and video recording of vehicle movements at intersections and along arterial roadways, and for remote surveillance of areas of interest.

Research Projects