Call for Papers for Topical Collection:"Ethical Perspectives on Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)" (Deadline March 25, 2021

Editors: Karolina Zawieska, Nick Reed, Filippo Santoni de Sio

Follow-up of the European Commission report “Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Recommendations on road safety, privacy, fairness, explainability and responsibility”

  • Scope

Ethics and Information Technology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the dialogue between moral philosophy and the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The journal aims to foster and promote reflection and analysis which is intended to make a constructive contribution to answering the ethical, social and political questions associated with the adoption, use, and development of ICT.


This Topical Collection builds on the report recently published by European Commission “Ethics of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Recommendations on road safety, privacy, fairness, explainability and responsibility”. The report was written by an Independent Expert Group established by the European Commission to advise on specific ethical issues raised by driverless mobility for road transport, with the goal to promote a safe and responsible transition to connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). Guest Editors of this Topical Collection were also among the experts who co-authored the report.

We now welcome the contributions that would further discuss, elaborate on or challenge some of the assumptions and recommendations presented in the report. While the main emphasis is on philosophical, legal and technical perspectives on ethics of CAVs, contributions from other fields that are relevant for the development of ethical perspectives on CAVs are also welcome (e.g. manufacturers or policy-makers perspectives).

Paper submission

Submissions should be made through the submission system in compliance with submission guidelines. Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before and that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else.

All manuscripts will be subject to a rigorous peer-review process and published as open access articles. The Topical Collection follows a rapid publication approach as the articles will be published online as soon as they are accepted for publication.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submissions March 25, 
  • 2021Final deadline (latest) reviews April 21, 2021
  • Final deadline revisions May 27, 2021
  • Final date for publication July 1st, 2021