Automated, Connected and Intelligent Vehicles


Course Description

Automated, Connected, and Intelligent Vehicles is an advanced automotive technology course that should be taken in the last semester of a two-year automotive technology associate degree program or towards the end of an advanced certificate program in modern automotive technology electronic systems. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the various technologies and systems used to implement advanced driver assistance systems. These systems have the overall impact of automating various driving functions, connecting the automobile to sources of information that assist with this task, and allowing the automobile to make autonomous intelligent decisions concerning future actions of the vehicle that potentially impact the safety of the occupants.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the rational for and evolution of automotive electronics;
  • Understand which automotive systems have been replaced by electronic control systems and the advantage of doing so;
  • Understand the fundamental theory of operation of electronic control systems;
  • Understand the basics of how automotive ECUs function in conjunction with the vehicle data bus networks and sensors;
  • Become familiar with the various types of advanced driver assistance systems;
  • Understand the concept of cyber-physical control systems and their application to collision avoidance and autonomous vehicles;
  • Understand the concept of remote sensing and the types of sensor technology needed to implement remote sensing;
  • Understand the basic concepts of wireless communications and wireless data networks;
  • Understand the concept of wireless standards and the roll of various organizations in the development and evolution of these standards;
  • Understand the fundamental principles of data networking and its roll in ADAS and future autonomous vehicles;
  • Be familiar with protocols and IP addressing;
  • Understand the fundamentals of on-board vehicle networks;
  • Understand the concept of the connected vehicle and its role in ADAS and automated vehicles;
  • Become familiar with the theory and operation of legacy, new, and emerging ADAS systems and proposed autonomous vehicle systems;
  • Understand the fundamentals of sensor data fusion as it relates to ADAS;
  • Become familiar with modern vehicle display/cluster technology;
  • Become aware of the possible evolution of vehicle prognostics and impaired driver technology;
  • Become familiar with the concept of fully autonomous vehicles;
  • Become familiar with the concepts of programming of ECUs;
  • Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills through technical presentations and reports in course lab projects.
  • Basic Skill Requirements

    Basic electricity/electronics theory and/or automotive electronics basics. Basic knowledge of the operation of traditional vehicle systems: brakes, suspension and steering, drivetrain, engine, engine electrical, emission controls, fuel and exhaust systems, environmental systems, etc.

    Professor, Gary J. Mullett
    Gary Mullett is a Professor and Department Co-Chair for the Electronic Systems Engineering Technology program at Springfield Technical Community College.

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