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Dynamics and Control of Connected Vehicles

Understand modeling and control of connected vehicle systems

This online course 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.

Key Information

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Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

4-6 hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline
  • 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)
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

Learners are expected to have knowledge of differential equations, linear algebra, and Laplace or Fourier transform.

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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

  • 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
  • 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

Course Instructor

Gabor Orosz
Gabor Orosz
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

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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