Connected vehicles and powertrain optimization

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


This article discusses the basic concept of connected and automated vehicles (CAV) technology. The common methods to improve fuel economy are also introduced. The effects of connectivity on vehicle/powertrain control and optimization are also elaborated. The Michigan Tech NEXTCAR project is also presented to provide a more detailed view of predictive vehicle/powertrain control enabled by CAV technologies. The U.S. Department of transportation (DOT) and other federal/state funding agencies have supported research and pilot deployment efforts to develop crosscutting CV technologies and evaluate the effectiveness of CV technologies in real-world transportation systems. The concurrent development of connected and automated vehicle technologies is anticipated to provide synergistic benefits to improve traffic safety, mobility, and energy efficiency. It is observed that increased CAV technologies are being deployed in real-world transportation systems.

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© 2017 by ASME. Publisher's version of record: https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2017-Sep-5

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Mechanical Engineering Magazine Select Articles