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Exploring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications (V2V) in an Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Systems Engineering Division Poster Session

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Systems Engineering

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26.745.1 - 26.745.12



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Anthony Ian Smith Penn State Harrisburg

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Smith is a recent undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg.

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Fares S. Alromithy Wayne State University Orcid 16x16

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Fares Alromithy is a teaching assistant of electronics engineering at the University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Wayne State University, Mich. Alromithy received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), in 2009. His current research interests include smart sensors and integrated microsystems, microelectronic and microelectromechanical systems, nanoelectronics, and smart devices.

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Aldo Morales Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

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Dr. Aldo Morales was born in Tacna, Peru. He earned his B.S. in Electronic Engineering, with distinction, from Northern University (now University of Tarapaca), Arica, Chile. He has an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of Buffalo, The State University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, he is a professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State in Harrisburg. Dr. Morales was the P.I. for a 3-year Ben Franklin Technology Partners Grant that established the “Center of Excellence in Signal Integrity” at Penn State.

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Exploring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications (V2V) in an Electrical Engineering Undergraduate ProgramV2V communication is an emergent technology that appears to be beneficial, growing fast andbeing recognized by the United States as an addition necessary to reduce car accidents.Furthermore, many car companies are working together to develop the supporting networkingtechnology that will be implemented in V2V communication. While this type of development isbeing disseminated through national media, which gives the public a better understanding as towhy V2V communication is important, in-depth discussion of this technology is not typicallyfound in communication and networking courses in an electrical engineering undergraduatecurriculum.In this paper, V2V communications operation is discussed based on a wireless protocol,Dedicated Short Range Communications, which is very similar to Wi-Fi. In V2Vcommunications, every vehicle is also a router which allows for sending/receiving messages overmulti-hop systems to/from other vehicles and/or roadside stations. The routing algorithm is basedon the position of the vehicles and is able to handle fast changes of the network topology.Furthermore, control technology comes into play at local and higher layers of thecommunications architecture where uncertainties, delays, partial measurements, safety andperformance objectives, and other aspects must be considered. The system must also be capableof making automatic or semi-automatic decisions, providing warnings information andpotentially affecting driving actions. The vehicle architecture itself is another vital part of thesystem. In general, the onboard system manages and controls all the electrical systems orsubsystems in the vehicle which involve many sophisticated sensors. In fact, for V2Vcommunication technology, sensors are the most important part of the system since sensors areused for object detection, lane tracking, intersection detection, and additional road uses. Theobjects can be detected by their position and velocity using the radar sensors within the vehicle.

Smith, A. I., & Alromithy, F. S., & Morales, A., & Archibald, N. (2015, June), Exploring Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications (V2V) in an Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Program Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24082

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