Fundamentals of Connected and Automated Vehicles

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Course Dates

Time Commitment

6-8 hours



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


  • Learn about the what, why, how, and current status of automated vehicle technologies, with special attention to their testing and major bottlenecks


  • 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)

Modules are divided into shorter segments making it easier to learn at your own pace.

If completing a specialization, all four modules must be purchased together and completed in 180 days. For individual modules, you will have 60 days to complete.

To successfully complete Fundamentals of Connected and Automated Vehicles, you must receive an 80% passing grade on the module assessment.

Upon successful completion of 4 modules purchased as a group, you will receive the U-M Certificate in Current and Emerging Technologies.

Select 4 modules 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.

There are no prerequisites for the Fundamentals of Connected and Automated Vehicles module. A bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended, but not required.

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Administrative/Online Technical Support

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Content Questions and Support

Candidates are welcome to contact the course instructors and/or their course assistants with content-related questions and support.


Huei Peng, PhD

  • Director, Mcity, U-M Office of Research
  • Roger L. McCarthy Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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