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Publication date: December 2017

Computer plans a December 2017 special issue on self-driving cars.

Significant improvements in the last decade have greatly advanced self-driving car technology. The new capabilities will have profound societal, efficiency, convenience, and safety impacts. Yet there are many challenges that remain across all levels of system functionality. In addition, the path to fully autonomous vehicles isn’t clear. For example, are current measures working toward less human involvement or toward completely replacing the driver?

Addressing self-driving technology–related concerns is important, particularly given the impact of this area on society. In the US alone, 3 trillion miles are driven each year, with complex and novel conditions generating millions of situations in which autonomous vehicles could fail.

This special issue seeks articles that establish the current state of the art and also highlight remaining challenges and barriers to the development of self-driving cars. Articles could address topics such as

  • an overview of current efforts to build self-driving vehicles;
  • a historical perspective with an emphasis on trends, and technological and societal impacts;
  • scaling the technology to real-world situations;
  • cloud-based vehicle autonomy;
  • learning technology’s role in self-driving vehicles;
  • generalizing from small numbers of examples or small amounts of data;
  • sensing systems’ and perception algorithms’ successes and limitations;
  • the role of and technology for machine reasoning and decision making;
  • simulation models for sensors, vehicles, environments, and other elements;
  • self-driving systems’ computational and power requirements;
  • how to verify and validate autonomous functions, measure performance, and build trust;
  • the role of maps and vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure; and
  • ethical and legal considerations from a technology perspective.

There is a hard 6,000-word limit (figures and tables are equivalent to 300 words each) for final manuscripts. Authors should be aware that Computer cannot accept or process papers over the word limit.

Only submissions that describe previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research and that are not currently under review by a conference or journal will be considered.

Articles should be understandable by a broad audience of computer-science and computer-engineering professionals, avoiding a focus on theory, mathematics, jargon, and abstract concepts.

All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to Computer’s readership. Accepted papers will be professionally edited for content and style.

Authors of accepted papers are encouraged to submit multimedia, such as a 2- to 4-minute podcast, videos, or an audio or audio/video interview of the authors by an expert in the field, which Computer staff can help facilitate, record, and edit.


Please direct any correspondence before submission to the guest editors:

For author guidelines and information on how to submit a manuscript electronically, visit www.computer.org/web/peer-review/magazines. For full paper submission, please visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/com-cs.