Call for papers: SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Special Issue on Autonomy and Connectivity at the Edge – Autonomous Racing

Autonomous racing is an evolving new sport of racing and is an emerging technology that is rapidly increasing. A number of events and series have launched, including the first international series Roborace1 (launched in 2015, Season Alpha), the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC)2 2021 as well as student competitions such as Formula Student Driverless. The overall goal of autonomous racing is to push the limits of autonomy in terms of performance and precision. By demonstrating safety, security, and reliability of connected and automated vehicles at the edge, i.e. at high speeds, high dynamics, and adverse weather conditions, a huge long-term impact on passenger car autonomy is expected. The mission of autonomous racing is to build trust on this exciting technology.  Autonomous racing competitions are currently experimenting with different racing formats, including correlating real and virtual world modeling analytics.  These efforts will ultimately bring this new kind of entertainment to a global fanbase.

The SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles and this special issue provide a peer-reviewed platform for both industry and academia to present new research and developments in this thrilling new area.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • AI-enabled racing solutions
  • Software architectures and implementations
  • Perception, localization, and planning
  • Multi-sensor data fusion
  • Racing-tailored sensors and sensor setups
  • Energy management and power distribution
  • High performance computing
  • V2X communication
  • Wheel-to-wheel racing
  • Safety and security concepts
  • Fail-operational concepts
  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Hardware implementations (powertrain, E/E, etc.)
  • Validation and verification strategies
  • Autonomous racing applications


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For more information, please contact the Editors-in-Chief:

Johannes Betz
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Daniel Watzenig
Graz University of Technology and Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Austria

Deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration: August 7, 2021

Please submit your article at and include a submission note in Editorial Manager to indicate that it is for this special issue.

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