USDOT designates 10 automated vehicle proving grounds to test new tech

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated 10 proving ground pilot locations as a means of encouraging “testing and information sharing” of automated vehicle technology.

“The designated proving grounds will collectively form a Community of Practice around safe testing and deployment,” says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This group will openly share best practices for the safe conduct of testing and operations as they are developed, enabling the participants and the general public to learn at a faster rate and accelerating the pace of safe deployment.”

More than 60 groups applied for the pilot locations, including academic institutions, state departments of transportation, cities and private entities and partnerships.

The designated sites include:

  • City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
  • Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership
  • S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
  • American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run
  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • Iowa City Area Development Group
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority

More details on the proving ground locations are available at