San Diego Regional Proving Ground for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) established the San Diego Regional Proving Ground (SDRPG) to bring autonomous vehicles (AV) to public streets safely and equitably. We are one of 10 proving grounds in the country designated with the goal of:

  • Providing a platform for ecosystem partners 
  • Engaging and educating the public
  • Accelerating benefits for the region and attracting local investment

The vision for this effort is to provide a real world proving ground environment for validating innovative technologies that advance mobility, safety, sustainability, and economic prosperity for the San Diego region. Our focus areas for the proving ground include:

  • Transit and Mobility
  • Cybersecurity and Data
  • Smart Streets and Smart Fleets
  • Freight and International Border
  • Wireless charging and transponderless tolling
  • Public outreach and education

Map of the regionwide pilot locations of the San Diego Regional Proving Grounds that facilitate testing and validating of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

Partners and Pilot Projects

Since 2017, SANDAG, Caltrans District 11, and the City of Chula Vista have worked to test AV technologies and prepare the region for an AV future. These efforts have included partnering with private industry and academic partners to test pilot projects throughout the region. Some of our past and current affiliates are:  

  • I-Probe: Pothole detection vehicle
  • JV Marketing Technologies: Wrong Way Driver Alert mobile app
  • Omniflow: Omniled Smart Lamppost
  • Panasonic: Cirrus connected vehicle platform
  • Qualcomm: Motorcycle on-board unit, NoTraffic V2X technology
  • RoadsAI: Local Intelligent Traffic Orchestration (LiTO) system

For more information on how to become an affiliate, contact


City of Chula Vista