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SAE EDGE Research Report on automated vehicle test, validation now available

SAE International taps award-winning industry veteran with focus on innovation for SAE EDGE test and validation series.

SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, announces the availability of a new SAE EDGE™ Research Report, focused on unsettled domains and suggested next steps to help advance autonomous vehicle and automated driving system test and validation. Groundbreaking new SAE EDGE™ Research Reports illuminate key issues in emerging and unsettled areas of interest to the mobility engineering industry, help to inform current decision-making and future strategy, and provide a structured framework and methodical approach for thinking about and working with rapidly shifting technologies. The first report in the SAE EDGE AV test and validation series, headed by industry veteran Dr. Rahul Razdan, is now available for purchase.

Automated vehicle (AV) test and validation is a particularly hot topic and unsettled domain, with little consensus among AV innovators – both new entrants and industry veterans alike – as to the optimal methods for testing and validating automated vehicles, systems, and subsystems.

Now available for order: Unsettled Technology Areas in Autonomous Test and Validation

Dr. Rahul Razdan

"Over a hundred years, the current automotive paradigm has reached a level equilibrium within the economy. Autonomous vehicles will change this equilibrium in unexpected ways in fields ranging from transportation to finance,” Razdan predicts. “Test and validation is the key capability which will differentiate between AV as a science experiment and AV as a real product.

“In this SAE Edge series, we explore the shift in the equilibrium in three large areas. The first and most obvious are the unanswered questions in the area of safety,” Razdan explains. “The second is the impact of the environment on AVs and the impact of AVs on the environment. The third report will explore the impact of AVs into the equilibrium of ecosystems ranging from insurance to financial bonding structures based on parking.”

Dr. Rahul Razdan is senior director of special projects at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida. In this role, he serves as advisor to the president of the university and helps to manage the Advanced Mobility Institute, an applied research center for the development and testing of autonomous vehicle-related technology. Named on more than 24 issued patents, Razdan earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard University and both a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Razdan boasts 35 years of experience in startups, academia, and Fortune 500 companies working in such areas as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; autonomous vehicle technology; and semiconductor design. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) have recognized him with “Hall of Fame” inductions. Razdan has also won numerous best-paper awards and has led several successful startups in areas such as electronic design automation (EDA), wireless power, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning.

Razdan and his team are already hard at work on the second report in the AV test and validation series focused on environmental factors. 

Stay tuned for an upcoming podcast in which Razdan delves into AV test and validation, including testing on public roadways, and today’s top automated and connected vehicle headlines. If you’re interested in more mobility engineering multimedia, including informative and insightful videos and podcasts featuring industry leaders and innovators, contact or

Flagship SAE EDGE Research Report now available 

Available now, the flagship SAE EDGE Research Report – “Unsettled Topics Concerning Sensors for Automated Road Vehicles” by Dr. Sven Beiker, founder and managing director of Silicon Valley Mobility – identifies key unsettled domains relative to sensors for automated driving systems or automated vehicles. The full report is available for purchase now, and can be sampled with a complimentary preview issue.

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Courtney E. Howard is editorial director and content strategist at SAE International. Contact her by e-mail at