Sacramento is the testing ground to bring smart city technologies to market that will change the world

The city is the epicenter of an emerging innovation ecosystem with change agents working to develop breakthrough solutions that will accelerate quality of life improvements. With the leadership of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Congresswoman Doris Matsui, State Senator Richard Pan, and Sacramento Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, Sacramento is becoming the country’s next real-world testbed for urban innovation.

ATOS will accelerate mass market deployment and adoption of connected and autonomous vehicle technology by:

  • Deploying the state’s first 5G network that will power vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2X) communications.
  • Leveraging proximity to regulators and shortening the feedback loop between policy and practice—enabling a smarter, faster regulatory approach.
  • Co-developing an open source playbook to help other cities optimize their collaboration with public agencies and industry partners—allowing the “Sacramento Protocol” to replicate and scale.

Sacramento leaders have joined together with our private sector partners to create the Autonomous Transportation Open Standards Lab (ATOS)

ATOS is a public-private consortium of government agencies and connected and autonomous vehicle technology companies working in partnership to co-develop interoperable protocols and standards. This work will soon enable Sacramento to become a leading proving ground for the safe testing and demonstration of these vehicles.


ATOS Labs will accelerate mass-market deployment and adoption of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. ATOS Labs aims to not only be an economic driver for the Sacramento region, but also create and develop a sustainable equitable impact on the quality of life for our citizens by focusing on the following strategic areas:


Applied Research


Workforce Development

These areas are built around the region’s strategic strengths, but are subject to change based needs and evolution in technologies.