Last modified on March 23, 2023


Testing infrastructure

SISCOGA4CAD test bed is a permanent ITS corridor and living-lab, established to strongly support research, development and deployment of connected and CAD functions, following a harmonized European multi-stakeholder approach, and being part of the European reference CAD Test-beds.

It is dedicated to perform different FOTs and Pilots, to test and to assess from different perspectives (technical, user acceptance, HMI, impact studies, public awareness, and infrastructure needs, business models…). This corridor was created with the support of the Spanish public authorities: DGT and Vigo City Council.

Catalonia Living Labs – Testing and validation services of CAV technologies on Catalan industrial infrastructures and public roads covering all relevant environments (from highways to inner cities), supported by local industry and government. It will possibly include the provision of digital maps for autonomous driving, dedicated road side communication equipment and a client web portal for information and booking. This initiative, currently under development, aims to convert Catalonia into a one-stop-shop for development of CAV technologies for organizations worldwide.


CTAG – Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia

INTA – Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial

Procedure description

Instruction 15/V-113 aims at regulating the granting of special authorizations for testing and research tests conducted with SAE level 3 and above automated vehicles on roads open to general traffic. The instruction sets a number of requirements for the vehicle, the driver and the applicant that must be fulfilled before an exemption is granted:

Vehicle requirements: Uniquely identified automated vehicles, with a valid insurance policy and that have passed minimum safety and performance procedures including test track evaluation. A set of dynamic tests on closed test tracks is defined in Annex II of the instruction and an independent accredited laboratory shall perform the tests and evaluate if the vehicle fulfills the safety requirements. Vehicle authorizations issued by the competent authorities in European Union member states with equivalent procedures shall also be accepted.

Driver requirements: Identified drivers with valid driving license. They will be responsible for the driving and handling of the vehicle if requested even if not physically present in the cabin. The applicant shall submit a statement of responsibility that the driver knows or has been trained for the use of the automated vehicle. It is mandatory to have at least one driver of the vehicle.

Applicant requirements: They must be eligible (OEMs, Tier1s, researchers, etc.) and provide the documentation requested in the instruction. This documentation, among others, shall describe the vehicles under test, the desired tests description, location and timing.

Once granted, this license lasts two years and is valid for the territory under vigilance of DGT. Any driving out of the defined test zones shall be carried out in non-automated mode.

Organisation(s) in charge

Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT)

Link to procedure website

Not available.

Link to documents


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