California AutoTech Testing and Development Center 2018-09-13T14:55:20-07:00

California AutoTech Testing and Development Center

Adjacent to the global technology epicenter in Silicon Valley, the California AutoTech Testing and Development Center (CATDC) is purpose-designed to be a laboratory for global companies that are developing products that are shaping the future of human mobility. The CATDC is a direct extension of Silicon Valley’s huge global automotive research and product development industry concentration. The CATDC is a one-of-a-kind automotive tech research and development center that capitalizes on direct access to California’s substantial technology, research, software development and tech financing presence. The site is on a 700-acre site and is integrated into the larger Mid-California International Trade District.

The CATDC is a multi-faceted complex with customized infrastructure to support a range of product testing and development environments, including urban grid, high-speed, asymmetrical intersections and parking facility testing. Additionally, the CATDC offers a unique capacity to support product development with a range of existing building assets and immediate-access sites for custom development. The complex includes space for small companies that would prefer an onsite presence for their engineering team while also requiring immediate access to the larger test complex. The facility can support storage needs as well.

Currently the CATDC is home to Google/Waymo’s proprietary 105-acre Autonomous Vehicle Castle Test Center which is adjacent to CATDC’s Main Campus complex. The CATDC Main Campus, High-Speed Testing and Urban Grid Zones are designed for use by a wide range of global automotive OEMs, technology companies and new start-ups.

CATDC: A Global Convergence Hub For A Range Of Automotive Sector Technologies

Growing from its longstanding global leadership in software development and product innovation, Silicon Valley is now a primary global center for the development and integration of next-generation of automotive technologies. Today, the vast majority of established and new to market OEMs and technology suppliers in the larger mobility sector have a presence in Silicon Valley, working on the development of a complex range of technologies including: artificial intelligence, machine learning, sensor integration, optical capture products/camera systems, propulsion and powertrain systems, energy storage, mapping, mobile telecommunications and infotainment systems.

The industry and its research is moving at pace and much of that research and product development requires offsite testing and development support facilities. There is a dramatic shortage of available testing and development facilities and certainly high-quality, purpose-built test environments. This especially true in California given the sizable presence of sector research and development activity requiring highly developed and proximate test and development facilities. The CATDC has been designed in partnership and with the advice of leaders in the industry to support those requirements at a shared-use custom facility.