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October 2019

Design Air Racer Cars Using Tinkecad - Activity for Grades 6-12:
Curriculum Resource
Students apply various engineering design concepts to design, build, and test an air-powered, electric racing car.

Lidar: Mapping with Lasers - Activity for Grades 6-12 :
Curriculum Resource
Students map a simple landscape using a lidar laser measuring device, then practice transferring data and translating it from one form to another.

MATA October 2019 - Emerging Automotive Technologies and Techniciams:
The changes taking place in the automotive industry have created a need for a new type of automotive engineering technician who can understand computerized electro-mechanical systems, high voltage battery systems, and the use of mixed materials and advanced joining techniques.

Semiconductors in the Autonomous Age 2019:
New technology is frequently the key differentiator for consumers when they are making a vehicle purchase. Semiconductors are integral to the electronics that supports automotive technologies such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), infotainment; laser headlights, head-up displays and more.

Summary of Best Practices in Electric Vehicle Ordinanaces:
This guide is a representative sample of electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ordinances from cities throughout the Unites States (U.S.). It is intended as a reference for U.S. cities seeking to develop EV zoning standards or development regulations.

Technology Roadmap - Materials and Manufacturing:
Several factors can affect the automotive industry's progress on material technology in the coming decades. They include fuel economy regulations, added weight due to batteries, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), comfort features, increasing durability requirements for shared vehicles, and safety.


September 2019

Automated Vehicle Safety Expert Panel: Engaging Drivers and Law Enforcement:
An expert panel provided recommendations for State Highway Safety Offices and the broader safety community. This report recommends collaboration on a number of steps, including:
  • Develop and deploy consistent, honest safety messages to the public about all forms of automation, from driver assistance features to full self-driving capabilities.
  • Maintain a focus on today's ongoing traffic safety challenges, such as impaired driving, speeding, failure to buckle up, distracted driving and sharing the road with non-motorized users.
  • Develop and deploy uniform policy and training for police, first responders and court officials about responding to and investigating AV crashes.

Dream Big Robot Challenge:
Curriculum Resource
Students explore a shipwreck located near dangerous obstacles on the ocean floor with a humanoid robot. Through role playing, they will learn how to program the robotic explorer and complete a mission without damaging the robot.
The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

LED Holiday Card:
Curriculum Resource
In this creative STEM activity, students will learn how batteries provide energy to smaller circuits by converting chemical potential into electrical energy flow.
The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

Lidar - Mapping with Lasers:
Curriculum Resource
Students map a simple landscape using a lidar laser measuring device, then practice transferring data and translating it from one form to another. Lidar (which stands for "light detection and ranging") is a technique used by scientists and engineers to measure distances and create maps by bouncing laser light off surfaces.
Lidar is being used for mapping landscapes to make maps, checking the speed of cars, and guiding self-driving cars. The activity was intended to accompany the IMAX movie "Dream Big: Engineering Our World". Students can prepare for the activity by watching the movie and learning how engineering affects our daily lives.

Technical Advancements and the Legal Considerations of Autonomous Vehicles:
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are complex and their development presents a broad range of technological and regulatory challenges. In addition, automotive manufacturers and component suppliers face legal obstacles, such as the protection of their intellectual property (patents, copyrights, and trade secrets), data privacy and security and product liability.
The report includes a technology overview of autonomous vehicles and addresses the Federal legislation to regulate the development and deployment of AVs.

Technology Roadmap: Intelligent Mobility Technologies:
The direction and speed of advancements in intelligent mobility and connected and automated vehicle technologies depend on multiple factors. This report presents current and future connected and automated vehicle technology trends and offers findings that can affect future advancements including:
  • Technology readiness
  • Infrastructure
  • Industry collaborations
  • Regulations and policies
  • Social acceptance


August 2019

3D Printing, Computer Aided Design, and G-Code Basics:
Curriculum Resource
In this activity students participate in a step-by-step process on how a computer can control a manufacturing process through defined data points. Within this activity, students also learn how to program using basic G-Code to create a wireframe 3D shapes that can be read by a 3D printer or computer numerical control (CNC) machine.

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.