During a pilot project Minnesota State Patrol vehicles were equipped with an accident investigation system at a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 per vehicle.

From the Rural ITS Toolbox report: Subsection 3.3: Accident Investigation Systems

Made Public Date


United States

Summary Information

Minnesota DOT and the Minnesota State Patrol implemented a pilot automated field reporting system that allows law enforcement personnel to use in-vehicle computers to record and submit incident information. The system communicates vehicle license plates or drivers' license information and facilitates issuance of citations. A Geographic Positioning System (GPS) has been integrated to geo-code the location of incidents. The law enforcement vehicle is equipped with a laptop computer, in-car printers and communication equipment for sending accident-related data and traffic citations to a central database. Data can be transmitted via radio frequency, disk or modem. A police vehicle can be equipped for $8,000 to $10,000. The cost of wireless technology at the receiving station will be additional.

Rural ITS Toolbox

Rural ITS Toolbox
Publication Sort Date
Deeter, D., H. M. Zarean, and D. Register
U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration
System Cost

Cost per vehicle: $8,000 to $10,000.