Free and open to the public!
A New Way To Get Around Town
Hop On Board MnDOT’s Destination CAV White Bear Lake Self-Driving Shuttle!
Meet Bear Tracks
MnDOT, through its statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Office, has selected White Bear Lake as one of three demonstration projects in the state. The goal is to provide a safe transportation option to residents in the state, particularly those who may not be able to drive independently or travel easily.
The service is free, open to the public, and the project will:
- Familiarize the public with Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV) technology
- Gather lessons learned for CAV operations in all weather conditions
- Provide innovative mobility options for persons with disabilities and seniors
The Bear Tracks Shuttle
NOW IN SERVICE! REGULAR HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 9:30 AM – 1:30PM
Did you know?
A safety operator will be onboard the shuttle at all times to verify the safe operation of the vehicle and aid passengers as needed.
Where & What: Project Background
- Bear Tracks is a research and demonstration project that involves a low speed (10-12 mph), self-driving, electric, multi-passenger shuttle operating in White Bear Lake, MN for one year.
- The shuttle can carry up to eleven seat-belted passengers at this time and up to one wheel chair passenger at a time.
- Free for the public to ride.
- The shuttle’s route is 1.5 miles long and serves a White Bear Lake residential street connecting a day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, affordable housing, and the community YMCA.
- PAI Inc.
- The Boulders
- Willow Wood Apartments
- White Bear Area YMCA
Public interested in riding the shuttle can board at the YMCA, and should park at the west end of the lot.
Why: Project goals
Research & Demonstration
This is a research and demonstration vehicle and project and we expect to learn a lot from the project and learn about its current limitations. Key goals include:
Help advance technology so it could one day be realistic transportation option for communities
All Weather Conditions
Improve The Future of Minnesota
Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to provide many benefits to Minnesota residents, businesses and visitors, including: