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Fundamentals of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Understand the current status of our connected future

This self-paced online course introduces participants to connected and automated vehicle technologies and their current research, development, and deployment status. 

Key Information

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Limited-time refund policy through July 2020

Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

6-8 hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline
  • Connected Vehicles: What? Why? How? (35 min)
  • Deep Dive into Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) (40 min)
  • Why Automated Vehicles (AV)? & SAE AV Levels and Examples (46 min)
  • Current Status and Challenges (28 min)
  • AV Testing, Standards, and Regulations: Part 1 (37 min)
  • AV Testing, Standards, and Regulations: Part 2 (28 min)
  • A Major Bottleneck: Perception, Main Tools: Machine Vision and Artificial Intelligence (45 min)
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Each course contains 4-6 hours of online instruction divided into shorter modules to make it easy to learn at your own pace.

You will have 180 days from your course start date to complete the course.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion requires you to view all course modules and receive an 80% passing grade on the course assessment. Upon completing these requirements, you will earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile.

Certificate Option and Specializations

Upon successful completion of 4 CCET courses, you will receive a U-M Certificate of Achievement.

Select 4 courses from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended.


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the what, why, how, and current status of connected vehicle technologies
  • Learn about the what, why, how, and current status of automated vehicle technologies, with special attention to their testing and major bottlenecks
Huei Peng, PhD
Huei Peng, PhD
Director, Mcity
Roger L. McCarthy Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Post Program

Digital Badge

Earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile:

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A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

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“This program was very suitable for my team and beneficial for us to understand new technologies...[our] engineers can work at their own pace.”

- Supervisor, Ford Motor Company