Dynamics and Control of Connected Vehicles

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A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of 4 CCET modules.

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This online module focuses on modeling and control of connected vehicle systems consisting of human-driven and connected automated vehicles. Models are built in terms of ordinary differential equations and delay differential equations, and their dynamics are studied at the linear and nonlinear levels. Controllers for connected automated vehicles are designed so that they can ensure stability and disturbance attenuation. The impacts of connectivity and automation on improving safety, energy efficiency, and mobility are evaluated.


  • Understand the basic models of human car-following behavior
  • Analyze the dynamics of car-following models
  • Understand the concepts of plant and string stability
  • Identify the effects of driver reaction time
  • Describe the most important phenomena affecting the longitudinal vehicle dynamics and automation
  • Design simple cruise controllers and assess their performance
  • Design and analyze connected cruise control
  • Integrate information obtained from multiple vehicles and design connected vehicle networks
  • Design adaptive cruise control and assess its performance
  • Understand the basic concepts and solutions for, and identify the benefits of V2X connectivity
  • Develop connected cruise control that guarantees stability, safety, passenger comfort, robustness and energy efficiency
  • Compare the theoretical analysis of connected cruise control to its experimental performance


  • Human Driving Behavior (Without Reaction Time) – Part 1 (28 min)
  • Human Driving Behavior (Without Reaction Time) – Part 2 (22 min)
  • Human Driving Behavior (With Reaction Time Delay) (26 min)
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Automation – Part 1 (18 min)
  • Adding Connectivity to Automated Vehicles – Part 2 (16 min)
  • Connected Vehicle Networks (21 min)
  • Safety, Energy Efficiency, and Robustness (28 min)
  • Experiments with Connected and Automated Vehicles – Part 1 (21 min)
  • Vehicle Dynamics and Automation – Part 2 (21 min)
  • Adding Connectivity to Automated Vehicles – Part 1 (21 min)
  • Experiments with Connected and Automated Vehicles – Part 2 (29 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.

Successful completion requires you to 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 this module. A bachelor’s degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended, but not required.

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Gabor Orosz

Gabor Orosz, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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