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

Special Issue on Revisiting Chassis and Powertrain Design for Automated Vehicles

During the past decade, dedicated industrial developments and research studies have achieved remarkable results in technologies related to automated driving (AD), which can be distinguished in thematic areas such as Connectivity and Communication, Driver/Human assistance systems, and Highly Automated Urban Transport Systems. These results have laid a solid base for further development of AD technologies world-wide. Now, there is a need to move from successful pilots to solutions and products that meet automotive industrial standards and Functional Safety constraints. This requires (particularly for automation Levels 3, 4, and 5) a paradigm shift regarding automated vehicle systems design, characterized by the following components:

  • Decision-making, self-learning, self-configuration techniques and intelligent algorithms not only for high-level control (e.g., related to the vehicle path planning) but also for low-level control (related to coordinated operation of vehicle chassis and powertrain actuators)
  • Targeted use of actuators having exceptional high operating and response performance to address (i) the robust realization of intelligent motion control for a wide range of road conditions and agile response to unexpected events, and (ii) AD-specific requirements to driving safety and comfort
  • Simultaneous operation of various on-board systems from different physical domains (i.e., electric motors, hydraulic and electro-hydraulic actuators) that require optimal strategies for their blended control by independent criteria as fault-tolerance

These issues will be considered in a Special Issue for the SAE International Journal of Connected and Automated Vehicles, whereby engineers and researchers may share their ideas and recent results in the advancement of chassis and powertrain systems to address AD tasks. The Special Issue will cover the following topics and applications areas:

  • Advanced brake, steering, and suspension design for automated driving functions
  • Control on ride quality and ride comfort for different vehicle automation levels
  • New chassis systems and actuators for automated vehicles with a focus on safety, redundancy, and fault tolerance
  • Optimal powertrain design for electric vehicles with automated driving functions
  • Integrated vehicle dynamics control for automated driving
  • Chassis and powertrain design for automated passenger cars with off-road capability


For more information, please contact the Guest Editors:

Valentin Ivanov
Automotive Engineering Group
Technische Universität Ilmenau
Ilmenau, Germany

Barys Shyrokau
Intelligent Vehicles Group
Delft University of Technology
Delft, The Netherlands

Deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration: April 26, 2019

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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