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Regional Proving Ground: Learn More

Automated vehicle (AV) testing is not new to the San Diego region. In 1997, SANDAG partnered with UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and the National Automated Highway System Consortium (NAHSC) to demonstrate technical feasibility of automated technologies (view video). Today, the San Diego region remains an ideal proving ground location; it provides direct access to global leaders in the cybersecurity and wireless industries, as well as academic institutions that are at the forefront of robotics research and development.

Since the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has linked 94 percent of vehicle crashes to human error, automated vehicles have immense potential to save lives. SANDAG understands these safety benefits and was the first planning agency in California to incorporate automated vehicle assumptions and resources into the region’s long range transportation plan, San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The 2015 Regional Plan envisions that fully automated vehicles could begin to replace conventional cars by 2025. The 2021 Regional Plan is in development. 

The San Diego Regional Proving Ground (RPG) is designated for testing automated and connected vehicles; supporting technology; and innovative modes, methods, and models that will transform the movement of people and goods. 

Recent automated vehicle milestones:

Project Managers

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

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