Duluth, Minnesota: A driverless Twin Ports? Local planners consider future of transportation

Within 12 years of the introduction of the Model T Ford in 1908, the horse and buggy had become obsolete in urban centers. By 1939, the automobile was king and influencing life and culture throughout the nation.

On Wednesday, roughly three dozen local transportation planners met at the Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Duluth to consider a modern-day comparison: What will the advent of driverless and smart vehicles bring to the Northland?

“This is the start,” MnDOT policy planning director Katie Caskey told a roomful of mostly public sector planners from around the Twin Ports. “We want to think with you about what this kind of transportation could mean to the state of Minnesota.”