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Roads and Highways

Regional Proving Ground: Become an Affiliate

MapThe San Diego Regional Proving Ground (RPG) partners welcome organizations interested in testing vehicles and technology in real-world environments. In addition to having access to three real-world environments for testing road-ready technologies, affiliates will find value in having access to other affiliates in the private sector, public sector, and academia, and informing the direction of technology research and policy that contributes to a safer future. Please contact the project manager for more information.

Affiliates interested in conducting testing that requires roadway closures or installation of equipment in the public right-of-way should review the RPG permit process and contact us for support with your permit application.

All affiliates that wish to conduct testing are required to have a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV Autonomous Vehicles in California webpage has requirements for each permit type:

  • Testing with a driver
  • Driverless testing
  • Deployment

    RPG Affiliate Resources

  • RPG Permitting Process
  • RPG Consortium

    Project Managers

    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