ENG09027 2017 Connected Vehicles

General Details

Full Title
Connected Vehicles
Transcript Title
Connected Vehicles
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Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
MENG - Mech. and Electronic Eng.
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eva Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_ECONN_O09 202000 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_M09 202000 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_M09 202100 Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECONN_O09 202100 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles SG_ECOFT_O09 202100 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

This module aims to provide the learner with an up to date, comprehensive knowledge of what constitutes an Intelligent Transport System. The module looks at various vehicle connections such as V2V, V2I, V2P and ultimately V2X and encourages the learner to analyse their impact on the driver experience and society at large. The critical aspects of wireless communication is considered in the context of an Intelligent transport System. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify and describe an Intelligent Transport System (ITS), and distinguish between its constituant parts.


Discuss the technologies used in Connected Vehicles, and integrate this knowledge with that already gained on sensor technologies.


Develop an understanding of the basics of wireless communications, with focus on the critical evaluation metrics as appropriate for Vehicle Communication technologies.


Discuss the application categories for Vehicle Communication Technologies, both safety and non-safety, and determine their associated challenges.


Research the V2X technology evolution, and form an opinion on where the technology is going.


Assess the societal impact of Intelligent Transport Systems.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A lecture will be provided weekly. Up-to-date reading materials, such as chapters in a book or articles and journal papers, will be made available before the lecture with the intended purpose of providing foundation knowledge for the lecture or thought-provoking material on the lecture topic. Where relevant, further reading in the form of papers and patents will be available for reading post-lecture. The individual assessments will be designed in such a way as to develop life-long skills of the student in the areas of research, technical writing and societal impact considerations of technological change. 

Module Assessment Strategies

An end of semester written exam and two individual assignments will be given to assess the module. 

The first assessment explores the V2X evolution. 

The second assignment asks the learner to explore the societal impact of Connected Vehicles. 

The student is required to pass both the assessment and written exam elements of this module.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat exam during the Autumn sitting wil be made available. In addition, an opportunity to submit repeat assessment work will be available for the Autumn sitting.

Indicative Syllabus

Understand what is meant by an intelligent transport system (ITS) (LO1)

Objectives of an ITS (LO1)

Vehicle Interactions such as V2V, V2I, V2R, V2N, V2P, I2I (LO1)


Routing Methodologies for vehicle interactions (LO1)

Virtual Understanding of the environment through sensor data (LO2)

In-vehicle digital maps and positioning technologies as sensing systems (LO2)

Limitations of GPS (LO2)

Broadcasting, including onehop and multihop (LO2)

Basics of Mobile Wireless Communication Basics (LO3)

Evaluation Metrics, e.g. Delay Time, Estimation Error , Transmission Delay, Packet Delay Ratio, Jitter, Connection Duration, Load on the network, Awareness Percentage (LO3)

DSRC, C-V2X and C-ITS (LO3)

Spectrum for Intelligent transport systems (LO3)

Safety Applications Categories such as Enhanced Safety Applications; Traffic Management; Integrated Navigation; Cash Response and Preventative maintenance (LO4)

Non safety Applications such as infotainment, Convenience Services and General Wifi access (LO4)

Research the V2X evolution - history, competing technologies, US vs. EU, trends and predictions, challenges and future potential. (LO5)

Applicable Case studies, e.g. Google Driverless Car; Uber, BMW, JLR, GM, Ford (LO5)

Status of Intelligent Transport System in Ireland (LO5)

Societal Impact of Intelligent Transport Systems (LO6)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment 1 Project Assignment 25 % Week 6 5
2 Assignment 2 Project Assignment 25 % Week 10 6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Project Work 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 8.5 Weekly 8.50
Problem Based Learning Not Specified Problem Based Learning 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-10-07 Intelligent Transport Systems: Technologies and Applications Wiley

The book provides a systematic overview of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). First, it includes an insight into the reference architectures developed within the main EU research projects. Then, it delves into each of the layers of such architectures, from physical to application layer, describing the technological issues which are being currently faced by some of the most important ITS research groups. The book concludes with some end user services and applications deployed by industrial partners.

This book is a well-balanced combination of academic contributions and industrial applications in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems. The most representative technologies and research results achieved by some of the most relevant research groups working on ITS, collated to show the chances of generating industrial solutions  to be deployed in real transportation environments.

Recommended Reading
2017-06-01 Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS): Past, Present & Future Directions (Transportation Issues, Policies and R&d) Nova Science Publishers, Inc
ISBN 153611815X ISBN-13 9781536118155
Recommended Reading
2017-12-18 Networking Vehicles to Everything: Evolving Automotive Solutions De|G Press
ISBN 1501515721 ISBN-13 9781501515729
Recommended Reading
2017-10-20 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide: Enabling Mobility with Wi-Fi Networks O′Reilly
ISBN 1491963549 ISBN-13 9781491963548
Recommended Reading
2016-01-21 Principles of Digital Communication: A Top-Down Approach Cambridge University Press
ISBN 1107116457 ISBN-13 9781107116450

This comprehensive and accessible text teaches the fundamentals of digital communication via a top-down-reversed approach, specifically formulated for a one-semester course. The unique approach focuses on the transmission problem and develops knowledge of receivers before transmitters. In doing so it cuts straight to the heart of the digital communication problem, enabling students to learn quickly, intuitively, and with minimal background knowledge. Beginning with the decision problem faced by a decoder and going on to cover receiver designs for different channels, hardware constraints, design trade-offs, convolutional coding, Viterbi decoding, and passband communication, detail is given on system-level design as well as practical applications in engineering. All of this is supported by numerous worked examples, homework problems, and MATLAB simulation exercises to aid self-study, providing a solid basis for students to specialize in the field of digital communication and making it suitable for both traditional and flipped classroom teaching.

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