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San Diego Regional Proving Ground

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) selected the San Diego region as one of ten autonomous vehicle (AV) proving ground sites in the nation. The designated proving grounds will form a national community of practice that will share information and collaborate with the private sector to advance the safe deployment of AVs.

SANDAG, in partnership with the City of Chula Vista and Caltrans District 11, proposed three distinct AV testing environments (the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, the southern segment of the South Bay Expressway, and local streets and roads within the City of Chula Vista)that compose the San Diego Regional Proving Ground.

The San Diego Regional Proving Ground formed a consortium of industry affiliates, government, and academic partners to collaborate around connected and autonomous vehicle technology, public policy, regulations, and research and development. On October 19, 2017, during the first meeting of the consortium, several focus areas were discussed as potential opportunities for demonstrations:

  • Transit and mobility
  • Cybersecurity and data
  • Smart streets and smart fleets
  • Freight and the international border
  • Wireless charging and transponderless tolling
  • Public outreach and education

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    Project Managers

    Colin Santulli, Regional Proving Ground Project Manager
    Phone: (619) 595-5390, Email:

    Peter Thompson, Technical Project Manager
    Phone: (619) 699-4813, Email:

    For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or

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