The future is here

Electric autonomous vehicle demonstration

Electric autonomous vehicle demonstration

Hennepin County recently partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Minneapolis and other community and agency partners to demonstrate use of the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle.

April 27-29 demonstration

Thanks to everyone who came out to experience this new technology with us on the Midtown Greenway.

Whether you experienced the EasyMile EZ10 autonomous shuttle as a rider or a trail user, be sure to fill out the survey to tell us what you thought.

A chance to learn

Hennepin County and our partners are interested in seeing autonomous vehicle technology in action and learning from it so we can make smart transportation plans and investments for the future. While we have no specific plan to implement this technology, we want to learn about its potential benefits, and how it might fit into our broader transportation system. For example, how might autonomous vehicle technology:

  • Enhance connections to transitways
  • Complement other types of transportation like walking, biking and transit
  • Benefit people without cars or people with disabilities
  • Help more people get to more places without relying on a personal vehicle

We are inviting the public to learn along with us, and tell us what you think as you see and experience autonomous vehicle technology in your own community.

A safe and efficient ride

Autonomous vehicle technology is not a thing of the future; it is already here. The EZ10 shuttle has been used in 20 countries and has a perfect safety record. It has transported more than 230,000 people and logged more than 75,000 miles without incident, including in mixed pedestrian and bicycle environments.

For this demonstration, Hennepin County is taking extra safety precautions. The shuttle will travel no more than 12 miles per hour during the demonstration, and a human operator from First Transit will be on board the shuttle to take over, if needed.

More information

To learn more about the demonstration, contact:

John Doan, Hennepin County Community Works Project Manager

Kyle Mianulli, Hennepin County Communications