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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Featured Reports


Unsettled Technology Areas in Deterministic Assembly Approaches for Industry 4.0

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Unsettled Issues Concerning eVTOL for Rapid-response, On-demand Firefighting

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Unsettled Issues in Additive Manufacturing and Improved Sustainability in the Mobility Industry

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Unsettled Issues Regarding Visual Communication Between Automated Vehicles and Other Road Users

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Automated and Connected

New! Unsettled Issues on HD Mapping Technology for Autonomous Driving and ADAS

New! Unsettled Topics Concerning Flying Cars for Urban Air Mobility

New! Unsettled Issues Regarding Autonomous Vehicles and Open-source Software

New! Unsettled Issues in Vehicle Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, and Human-Machine Interaction

New! Unsettled Issues on Sensor Calibration for Automotive Aftermarket Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems

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

New! Unsettled Legal Issues Facing Data in Autonomous, Connected, Electric, and Shared Vehicles

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 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

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
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