SAE EDGE™ Research Reports

Each report is designed to identify critical issues and stimulate further discussion and research toward necessary frameworks, practices, and protocols for advancing the mobility industry.

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SAE EDGE™ Research Reports provide state-of-the-art and state-of-industry examinations of the most significant topics facing the mobility industry today including Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, Electrification, and Advanced Manufacturing.

With a dedicated focus on pre-consensus or unsettled technologies, they offer a structured framework and methodical approach for thinking about and working with rapidly shifting technologies.


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Current Reports

Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies

New! Unsettled Topics Concerning the Coating Detection by LiDARs on AVs

Unsettled Topics Concerning the Impact of Quantum Technologies on Automotive Cybersecurity

Unsettled Topics Concerning Human and Autonomous Vehicle Interaction

Unsettled Issues Regarding the Communication of Automated Vehicles with Other Road Users

Unsettled Topics Concerning Autonomous Public Transportation Systems

Unsettled Issues Regarding Policy Aspects of Automated Driving Systems

Unsettled Issues Facing Automated Vehicles and Insurance

Unsettled Technology Domains for Pathways to Automotive Decarbonization

Unsettled Topics in Autonomous Vehicle Data Sharing for Verification and Validation Purposes

Unsettled Topics Concerning User Experience and Acceptance of Automated Vehicles

Unsettled Topics Concerning Automated Driving Systems and the Development Ecosystem

Unsettled Issues Concerning Semi-Automated Vehicles: Safety and Human Interactions on the Road to Full Autonomy

Unsettled Legal Issues Facing Automated Vehicles

Unsettled Domains Concerning Autonomous System Validation and Verification Processes

Unsettled Impacts of Integrating Automated Electric Vehicles into a Mobility-as-a-Service Ecosystem and Effects on Traditional Transportation and Ownership

Unsettled Topics Concerning the Field Testing of Automated Driving Systems

Unsettled Issues in Balancing Virtual, Closed-Course, and Public-Road Testing of Automated Driving Systems

Unsettled Issues in Determining Appropriate Modeling Fidelity for Automated Driving Systems Simulation

Unsettled Technology Areas in Autonomous Vehicle Test and Validation

Unsettled Topics Concerning Automated Driving Systems and the Transportation Ecosystem

Unsettled Topics Concerning Sensors for Automated Road Vehicles


Advanced Manufacturing

New! Unsettled Topics on Surface Finishing of Metallic Powder Bed Fusion Parts in the Mobility Industry

Unsettled Technology Domains for Rapid and Automated Verification of Industry 4.0 Machine Tools

Unsettled Topics on Nondestructive Testing of Additively Manufactured Parts in the Mobility Industry

Unsettled Technology Domains in Industrial Smart Assembly Tools Supporting Industry 4.0

Unsettled Topics on the Feasibility and Desirability of Using Additive Manufacturing in the Mobility Industry

Unsettled Technology Domains in Aerospace Additive Manufacturing Concerning Safety, Airworthiness, and Certification

Unsettled Technology Domains in Robotics for Automation in Aerospace Manufacturing

Unsettled Technology Domains in Industrial Metrology


Aerospace Advancements

Unsettled Topics in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Icing

Unsettled Issues on Human-Robot Collaboration and Automation in Aerospace Manufacturing

Unsettled Topics Concerning Adopting Blockchain Technology in Aerospace

Unsettled Issues Concerning the Opportunities and Challenges of eVTOL Applications during a Global Pandemic

Unsettled Topics Concerning Airworthiness Cyber-Security Regulation

Unsettled Topics in the Application of Satellite Navigation to Air Traffic Management



New! Unsettled Issues in Electrical Demand for Automotive Electrification Pathways

Unsettled Issues Concerning the Economics of Fuel Cells and Electric Ground Vehicles

Unsettled Domains Concerning Electric Propulsion Technology for Commercial Aircraft

Unsettled Issues Concerning the Use of Fuel Cells in Electric Ground Vehicles


Vehicle Health Management

Unsettled Topics on the Use of IVHM in the Active Control Loop

Unsettled Issues Concerning Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems and Maintenance Credits

Unsettled Technology Opportunities for Vehicle Health Management and the Role for Health-Ready Components

Unlock your competitive edge with access to upcoming research reports in the following topical areas:

Automated and Connected Vehicle Technologies

  • Safety and Human-to-Vehicle Interactions
  • User Experience and Acceptance
  • Automated Driving Systems and Testing Validation
  • Insurance, Policy & Legal Challenges
  • Data Sharing, Privacy and the Competitive Edge

Advanced Manufacturing:

  • Additive Manufacturing: metals & ceramics
  • Human-Robot Automation & Collaboration
  • Smart Assembly Tools


Vehicle Electrification

  • Ammonia-Based Fuel Cells

Aerospace Advancements

  • eVTOL Applications
  • Aircraft Maintenance Credit Programs
  • Certification of e-Aircraft
  • New Air Traffic Management Systems
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SAE EDGE™ Research Reports are unique, fill a void and deliver value.

  • These reports provide a structured framework and methodical approach for thinking about and working with rapidly shifting technologies, helping to inform decision-making and strategy.
  • SAE EDGE Research Report contributors are experts from industry, academia and government who come together to explore and define the most critical advancements, challenges and future direction.
  • They report on unsettled technologies, and are intended to:
    • Offer useful information for sorting through critical issues and charting a path forward
    • Contribute to a better understanding of, and help anticipate and solve, key challenges
    • Provide helpful suggestions about avenues of investigation from a broad knowledge base of subject-matter experts