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

Special Issue on Enhancing Motion Comfort on Passenger and Commercial AVs to Secure Their Acceptance

Automated driving is considered one of the major technological developments within the automotive industry, able to influence future mobility and improve quality of life. At the same time, there are still important challenges that may result in disuse of AV technology. One of the main enablers of AVs is the ability of consumers to use their commute time more productively, which they consider to be one of the key reasons for using an AV. On the other hand, all the envisaged designs of AVs, SAE Level 4 and 5, are expected to provoke the incidence of motion sickness (MS). Despite vehicle dynamics factors playing an important role in carsickness likelihood, there is no extensive literature on the subject, while ergonomists have focused on the etiology of MS or its levels. Only a few practical solutions have been proposed. Thus, this special issue will re-focus the attention of researchers in industry and academia on motion comfort-oriented studies on AVs for securing their wide acceptance. The special issue will consider papers studying basic theoretical advances; applications, case studies; new methodologies and procedures; and empirical studies.

Potential topics for both commercial and passenger AVs include, but are not limited to:

User acceptance metrics:

  • Quantification of subjective user acceptance of AVs and how the mitigation of motion sickness could enhance it.

Assessment and evaluation:

  • Conventional and new methods for evaluating automated driving conditions.
  • Experimental assessment of motion sickness likelihood and experimental studies of engaging in non-driving tasks.
  • Evaluation of motion comfort in rural and urban areas considering traffic scenarios.
  • Human performance measurement and modeling with respect to motion comfort.

Vehicle Dynamics-oriented Modifications:

  • Consideration of motion comfort in several subsystems design.
  • Vehicle dynamics control for automated driving functions considering comfort.
  • Chassis design and control.

Human Factors-oriented Modifications:

  • Interior design concepts and modifications for enhancing motion comfort.
  • Seating configurations and seat designs for decreasing motion sickness likelihood.

For more information, please contact the Guest Editors:

Dr. Georgios Papaioannou
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Dr. Donghong Ning
University of Wollongong, Australia

Deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration: July 31, 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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