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August 2019

Automotive Cybersecurity for Automotive Technicians:
This is an advanced automotive technology course that should be taken in the last semester of a two-year automotive technology associate degree program or towards the end of an advanced certificate program in current and emerging automotive technology electronic systems.
The basics of cybersecurity threat models, high risk attack areas of vehicles, classes of attacks, and protecting vehicles from attacks are introduced. Standards and protocols related to automotive cybersecurity will be covered. Cybersecurity methods and penetration testing for vehicles will also be presented. Attacking connected vehicles will be discussed by reviewing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications and wireless access protocols, such as IEEE 1609. Potential attacks on automated vehicles will be described.

The Autonomous Revolution Accelerated:
The status on the automotive industry's advancements in vehicle connectivity and autonomy is presented with graphical and textual content compiled from the contributions of global automotive leaders.

Creative Engineering:
Curriculum Resource
Students are introduced to the world of creative engineering product design. Through six activities, teams work through the steps of the engineering design process (or loop) by completing an actual design challenge.
  1. Identify the need and define the problem
  2. Conduct background research
  3. Brainstorm and develop ideas and possible solutions
  4. Evaluate alternatives and perform design analysis
  5. Construct and test prototypes
  6. Perform evaluation and manufacture final products


July 2019

2019 WSU Professional Development Workshop - Electric Drive Vehicle Technology:
Explore the state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including electric-drive vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles, energy storage systems, power electronics and traction motors.
Workshop Content:
Topic 1: Overview of HEV/PHEV/EV/FCV
Topic 2: Advanced Battery Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Topic 3: Power Electronics and Traction Motor for Electric-drive Vehicles
Topic 4: Cooperative Connected Vehicle

How 5G Will Influence Autonomous Driving Systems:
This paper addresses how wireless communications contribute to autonomous driving and how emerging 5G cellular communications provide a solution to the limitations of DSRC and 4G-cellular LTE. A table that contrasts the advantages and limitations of each wireless technology is provided.

Preparing Students for Careers that use New Transportation Technologies:
Bob Feldmaier, Director of the The Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), spoke about autonomous vehicle technology during the Talking Technology and Transportation (T3) webinar, Preparing Students for Careers That Use New Technologies.
The following 4 questions were featured:
  • Why is there an interest in autonomous vehicles?
  • How does the technology work?
  • What are the remaining Challenges?
  • How does this affect education?

Safety First for Automated Driving:
The goal of this report is to provide guidance for developing and validating safe automated driving systems.
Building upon the verification & validation (V&V) methods of SAE L3 and L4 automated driving systems, the report presents the following 12 Guiding Principles:
• Safe Operation • Operational Design Domain • Vehicle Operator-Initiated Handover • Security • User responsibility • Vehicle-Initiated Handover • Interdependency between vehicle operators and Automated Driving Systems (ADS) • Safety Assessment • Data Recording • Passive Safety • Behavior in Traffic • Safe Layer

Transformation in Progress - General Motors 2018 Sustainability Report:
GM is working towards the goal of building a driver-less car that is safer, more secure and provides a better user experience than a human-driven car. Cruise, GM's self-driving, ride-hailing subsidiary is the company's commercial introduction to autonomous vehicles (AV). Cruise AVs are assembled at the Orion plant in Michigan and tested in downtown San Francisco to leverage the city's complex environment.

Why ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Cameras:
Engineers developing advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AV) systems are challenged with protecting the safety of passengers and pedestrians under complex driving conditions. Vehicles must be equipped with cost-effective sensor suites capable of collecting as much information as possible to make the right decision every time. Thermal imaging cameras can see pedestrians up to four times farther away than a visible camera in darkness and through sun glare and most fog. Because thermal sensors see heat, not visible shapes, they have an advantage over visible cameras for providing more reliable, and safe ADAS and AV.


June 2019

How a Hybrid Works:
Curriculum Resource
A STEM lesson where students in grades 9-12 investigate different forms of hybrid engines as well as the different forms of potential energy.

How do Sensors Work:
Curriculum Resource
Students in grades 5-8 program LEGO robots to respond to input from various sensors in six engineering lesson/activities.

Hybrid Vehicle Design Challenge:
Curriculum Resource
Students in grades 9-12 learn about energy conservation and mechanical engineering by designing a system for powering a new hybrid vehicle.

Latex Tubing and Hybrid Vehicles:
Curriculum Resource
In this unit, students in grades 9-11 learn how a hydraulic accumulator conserves energy by capturing the vehicle’s braking energy and then reuses it to accelerate.

Roof Lightweight Study:
A report that highlights the possibilities of using mixed-materials such as steel aluminum, and composites in roofs to reduce the vehicle mass and weight.

Why ADAS Autonomous Vehicles Need Thermal Infrared Sensors:
A report on thermal imaging cameras which can see pedestrians up to four times farther away than a visible camera in darkness and through sun glare and most fog.


May 2019

2019 CAAT Conference - Is Electrification the Future:
Regulations for reducing vehicle emissions influenced the adoption of electric vehicles and shared mobility models. To supply the workforce needs, education must change to keep up with the pace of the vehicle evolution and provide a more diverse engineering curriculum. Training programs should focus on industry requirements and create an awareness of the global customer.

The Autonomous Car - A Consumer Perspective:
Consumers from around the world were surveyed to learn their readiness and expectations for autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars.

Children in Autonomous Vehicles:
Safe Kids Worldwide convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Children in Autonomous Vehicles. They identified many areas of need and developed a set of eight recommendations across policy, advocacy, enforcement, communications, research, and development arenas.

Connected and Automated Vehicle Workforce Training Guide:
The Connected and Automated Vehicle Workforce Training Guide includes a full directory of educational institutions in Southeast Michigan currently offer training opportunities for connected and automated vehicles.

Lightweight Technology Workforce Supply-Demand Annual Update 2018:
Changes and growth in the manufacturing industry resulting from technology, innovations, and globalization, require updated knowledge, skills, and abilities for the workforce. This analysis is meant to further enhance the future development of lightweighting workforce education and training in Michigan.


April 2019

Data-Driven Health Management of Electric Vehicle Battery Systems:
This report presents the research for a new battery management standard that predicts and prevents failures of safety-critical battery systems for electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs).

Low-Speed Automated Shuttles - State of the Practice Final Report:
This report describes the design, use and limitations of low-speed automated shuttles and provides recommendations for future research.

MCity Driverless Shuttle - A Case Study:
This case study documents the experience of launching an on-campus driverless shuttle for municipal governments, industry, academic institutions, and others considering implementing a similar transportation system.

Michigan is Automobility:
Michigan is leading the automotive industry's evolution from traditional manufacturer to the research, testing, and deployment of next-generation mobility technology. In addition to the top-notch manufacturers, the state is home to technology companies has access to the global supply chain, a highly skilled workforce, and best-in-class research institutions.

Role of Flying Cars in Sustainable Mobility:
A study of the environmental sustainability and impact of flying cars, formally known as Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft, or VTOLs.

Vehicle Connectivity and Automotive Technicians:
This presentation shows the educational pathway for two types of automotive technicians
  • Service Technicians who maintain and repair existing vehicles
  • Vehicle Development Technicians who work with engineers to design future vehicles and systems


March 2019

Advancing Additive Manufacturing into the Mobility Industry:
Additive manufacturing describes a group of technologies that build 3-dimensional (3D) objects by adding layer-upon-layer of any material. Automakers have been using additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping for two decades. A few manufacturers are now taking additive manufacturing to the next level in the creation of production parts.

Automated Vehicles Have Arrived - What's a Transit Agency to Do:
Although there is a potential upside to having driverless, robot-taxis provide all imagined passenger trips, it is necessary to ensure fairness in the access, regardless of one's ability to pay or mobility level. The ideal scenario for public transit planners would be an optimized, dense, and always available transit network that is also affordable for the rider.

Introduction to Arduino - Getting Connected and Blinking LEDs Activity for Grades 9-12:
Curriculum Resource
In this activity, students use the Arduino, microcontroller designed by engineers to be relatively easy to use and ideal for student projects. The Students are guided through the connection process, helped to troubleshoot common pitfalls, and write their first Arduino programs. They are given the open-ended challenge to create their own blinking LED code-such as writing Morse code messages and mimicking the rhythm of a heartbeat.

MATA 2019: Emerging Automotive Technologies and Technicians:
“Emerging Automotive Technologies and Technicians” was prepared for the Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (MATA) conference held on March 14, 2019. Jobs for automotive technicians are steadily increasing. Automotive technicians with skills in electronics and software will be needed to service automated, connected, electric, and lightweight material vehicles. Three megatrends will influence the skills that future automotive technicians will need to work on advanced technology vehicles: Electro-mechanical systems controlled by computers, Electrified powertrains and Lightweight materials.