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NSF Grant Awarded to NCAT Partner – Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence

Press Release 4/9/2021 Advanced technologies, technician shortages, lack of teaching resources, and expensive/complicated pieces of equipment. What do they all have in common? A big challenge for both education and industry. What’s the solution. A collaborative approach. The Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence (TCOE), industry partners, and technical college programs in Minnesota are ready …

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Driving Automation Systems in Long-Haul Trucking and Bus Transit

Have you looked closely at a modern-day semi truck? Did you know that those trucks have a lot of autonomous (self-driving) technology on them? The US DOT has recognized that this technology has a serious impact on the workforce and is outlined in this recent report to the US congress. NCAT and our partner, The …

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Central Lakes College and AgCentric Awarded $584,000 NSF Grant to Address Technician Workforce Gap

The National Center for Autonomous Technologies (NCAT) is thrilled for Central Lakes Colleges and AgCentric being awarded a $584,618 National Science Foundation grant titled “Technical Applications and Agriculture” (TAA) through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. This project will bring together community college and secondary school faculty, and industry partners to develop and implement new …

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Autonomous Vehicle Technologies: Impact on Workforce Training and Education

At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, General Motors had an exhibit called “Futurama.” This was a model of the future that showed how we could have automated vehicles and highways that reduce traffic congestion and vehicle accidents. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, 29 vehicle manufactures were present …

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Minnesota’s Approach to Connected and Automated Vehicles

Did you know that nearly 94% of all vehicle fatalities are caused by human factors? The whole point of vehicle connection and automation is to increase safety and reduce human error. There are many technical challenges and other issues that need to be addressed ahead of time. Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is reacting. The Minnesota …

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