• Connected and Automated Vehicles

The Course at the Global Epicenter of Connected Vehicle Research and Development

White self-driving sedan drives through MCity

Leading researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a ground-breaking 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. The course combines interactive classroom sessions with tours, demonstrations, simulations, and discussions in order to connect many aspects of CAV while providing a balanced and rewarding learning experience. As the world advances towards a driverless future, the need for dependable research and improved safety has never been more urgent. 


Program Agenda

Introduction, Research Overview, and Connected Vehicle Technology

 Big Picture: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges

Instructor - Huei Peng

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

Past and Present Research, Demonstration, and Deployment Activities

Instructor - Huei Peng

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

 Connected Vehicle (CV) Technology

Instructor - Jim Sayer

  • 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

 Equipped Van Ride

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. Watch the video below to learn more about Mcity.

Connected Vehicle Infrastructure

 Instructor - Henry Liu

  • 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

Instructor - André Weimerskirch

  • 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

Automated Vehicle Technology

Instructor - Huei Peng

  • Definitions and key technologies
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Laws and regulations

Instructor - Jim Sayer

  • Human factors considerations and Human Machine Interface

Course Conclusion

Instructor - Huei Peng

  • Simulation tools
  • Summary and conclusion

Exclusive Mcity Driverless Shuttle Tour: One of Many Course Highlights

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.

Learning Objectives - CAV

Learning Objectives


  • Hear from leading US researchers on the current V2X standards and technologies, with the focus on safety and traffic control applications using Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC)
  • 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 full-automated and partial-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

 Industry Leaders

Network with Industry Leaders


Participants will have several unique opportunities to connect with likeminded CAV professionals during the program, including interactive tours, hands-on exercises, and a networking dinner in downtown Ann Arbor. This course represents your chance to build relationships with fellow industry leaders in a collaborative and vibrant setting.

Who Should Attend


This course is ideal for engineers, managers, and other professionals interested in mobility in the automotive industry.


Program Faculty

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