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Connected and Automated Vehicles

Learn at the global epicenter of connected vehicle research and development

Leading researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a groundbreaking four-day course on connected and automated vehicles (CAV). Learn about the latest concepts, CAV safety standards, and key challenges facing the industry, as well as new technologies and effective solutions being developed here in Ann Arbor.

Key Information

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Time Commitment

4 days


Remote Delivery
In-person/Live(not offered in this format in 2020)

Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Introduction, Research Overview, and Connected Vehicle Technology

Big Picture: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

  • Societal trends
  • Safety, mobility and energy/environment
  • Early success stories
  • Known challenges

Past and Present Research, Demonstration, and Deployment Activities

  • EU programs and key lessons learned
  • Japan/Asia programs and key lessons learned
  • US programs and key lessons learned

Connected Vehicle (CV) Technology

  • Overview, objectives and how they complement vehicle-based sensors
  • Vehicle-Based CV Devices
  • Infrastructure-Based CV Devices
  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle Applications (V2V)
  • Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Applications (V2I)
  • Infrastructure-to-Infrastructure Applications (I2I)
  • Vehicle-to-Everything Else (V2X)
  • Deployments of Connected Vehicle Technology
Mcity Test Facility Tour

Mcity test facility was designed expressly for connected and automated vehicle system research. Designed in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the grounds feature five lane-miles of roads with real world factors, including intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, streetlights, construction barriers, and a bridge. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the state of the art facility by an Mcity expert.

Connected Vehicle Infrastructure
  • Fundamentals of traffic control systems
  • Data standards
  • Hands-on exercise: SPaT and MAP data preparation
  • Data capture and analytics
  • Connected vehicle simulation
Cybersecurity and Privacy of CAV
  • Introduction to cryptography, data security, and privacy
  • Cybersecurity standards: secure communication protocols, secure development, secure platforms
  • Related activities in US and EU
  • Secure vehicle-to-vehicle safety application communication
  • Secure vehicle-to-infrastructure applications communication
  • Security credential management system
  • Automotive security applications
  • Secure automotive electronics architectures
Automated Vehicle Technology, Simulation Tools
  • Definitions and key technologies
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Laws and regulations
  • Human factors considerations and Human Machine Interface
  • Simulation tools

Learning Objectives

  • Hear from leading US researchers on the current V2X standards and technologies
  • Learn about the scope and major findings from recent connected and automated vehicle research and development projects in the US and EU
  • Understand the key cybersecurity and privacy issues and solutions under development
  • Gain insight into both fully-automated and partially-automated vehicle technologies and challenges, including their human factor issues and testing/evaluations
  • Learn about several simulations tools used in connected and automated vehicle development"

Who Should Attend

Engineers, managers, and other professionals interested in mobility in the automotive industry.

Mcity Driverless Shuttle

A fully autonomous, electric shuttle manufactured by French firm NAVYA was introduced onto the Mcity test site in December 2016. This is the first use of the NAVYA ARMA in North America. The vehicle will be used to provide tours of the Mcity grounds and to support autonomous vehicle research, initially through TechLab at Mcity, U-M's incubator for mobility startups.

instructional team

Henry Liu
Henry Liu
Director, USDOT Midwest Center for Connected and Automated Transportation
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
Huei Peng, PhD
Huei Peng, PhD
Director, Mcity, U-M Office of Research
Roger L. McCarthy Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
James Sayer
James Sayer
Director, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), College of Engineering
Andre Weimerskirch
Andre Weimerskirch
VP Cyber Security, Lear Corporation

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“The discussion about lidar, radar, classification problems, cybersecurity... There was so much valuable content, I cannot decide what was most beneficial.”

- Connected and Automated Vehicles Participant