A deformable photonic band gap (PBG) material is theoretically proposed as a transmissive element for beam steering at 77 GHz. The deformation may be achieved by integrating microsprings (as spacers) into a one-dimensional PBG structure. This PBG material can produce a specific phase shift dependent on its spacer thickness. By varying the spacer thickness, we generate a continuous phase gradient across the element. Such a PBG device is experimentally realized, capable of beam deflection of up to ±15° and suitable for beam scanning for smart automobile radar application.