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

Special Issue on Robust, Safe, and Secure Implementation of Connected and Automated Vehicles’ Functional Software Design and Architecture

Functional Software Systems for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) consist of a comprehensive cognitive architecture, comprised of several subsystems (which include perception, localization, mapping, behavioral, planning, as well as control strategy, among many others). A safe automated driving (AD) experience is expected not only in controlled circumstances but also in uncertain real-traffic environments. With SAE Level 4 and 5 AD, the complete physical absence of a human driver from the CAV crucially demands that the safety questions of the driverless platforms’ software design and architecture performance be studied extensively. For a safe AD experience, each of the functional systems of CAV must abide by uniform quality criteria measurements. However, as CAV is an advancing area, the discussion on the topics of standards and safety for CAVs is itself a fast-progressing field. Thus, this special issue will bring the attention of researchers and practitioners in industry and academia to the topics of safety and standards for functional software design and architecture of CAVs. It is a peer-reviewed publication platform for experts in the field to discuss and present their latest work, ensuring a robust and safe driverless experience for the public in the near future. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • ISO 26262, UL4600, ISO/PAS 21448 and related standards for Functional System Software Architecture of CAVs
  • Artificial Intelligence Safety for CAVs
  • Measuring Safety and Standards for Level 4/5 AVs
  • Robust and Safe CAV Software Design & Architecture
  • Reliability, Durability, and Robustness Testing and Assessment of CAV Software Performance
  • Standards for CAV Software in Uncertain Real-World / Real-Traffic Environment
  • Failsafe Strategy of CAV Functional System Software Architecture
  • Data Security and System Management for CAV Software
  • Robustness, Safety, and Standards of V2X, In/Intra/Inter-Vehicle and Communication Protocols Networks of CAV
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) for CAV Connectivity
  • Safety and Standards for Data Processing and Transmission between Modules of CAVs
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) Robustness of CAV
  • Defining Industrial CAV Standards
  • Autonomous Vehicle Software Safety and Industrial Standards Regulation Development
  • Methods to Measure Robustness of the CAV Software Performance

For more information, please contact the Guest Editors:

Dr. Umar Zakir Abdul Hamid
Sensible 4 Oy

Dr. Fredrik Sandblom
Volvo Group

Dr. Azra Habibovic
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
& SAFER Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre
Chalmers, Sweden

Dr. Bin Li


Deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration: August 31, 2020

Tentative publication date: December 31, 2020

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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