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Vehicular Networks [C2X]

L.079.05808, Summer 2017


Today's automotive industry is increasingly relying on computer science in product innovation. Young professionals are expected to have specialized knowledge in the fields of electronics, software and vehicular networks -- both in-car networks and networks of moving cars. This lecture teaches important concepts from these domains, starting with in-car networks (from individual electronic control units, modern bus systems, system and network architectures, to driver assistance functions, security and safety). The lecture then moves to networks of moving cars (from communication technology and system architectures, to the design of advanced traffic information systems, security and safety). Particular emphasis is given to the relevant question of balancing users' privacy with their safety and security.

Learning Outcome

The learning objective is to understand the fundamental concepts of vehicular networking. Students understand these concepts and are able to apply this knowledge.

General Information / Methods

This master course will be held in English and all the course material is available in English. Oral exams can be organized in English as well as in German.

  • 4 ECTS (Lecture: 2 SWS, Exercises: 1 SWS)

We kindly acknowledge the wonderful support by dSPACE for the experimental work on in-car bus systems.



This course consists of alternating blocks of lectures and exercises, in the following order. The lecture gives an overview and background information on the topics of in-car and car-to-x communication as well as the performance evaluation of such systems. During the exercises this knowledge will be applied in hands-on simulative performance studies. All simulation code will be written in C++ and executed on Linux systems.

  • Thursday, 8-11h (c.t.), F0.530
  • April 20, 2017: Lecture (Course Organization / In-Car)
  • April 27, 2017: Lecture (In-Car)
  • May 4, 2017: Lab (In-Car)
  • May 11, 2017: Lecture (In-Car)
  • May 18, 2017: Lecture (In-Car)
  • May 25, 2017: Homework (public holiday)
  • June 1, 2017: Lecture (Simulation)
  • June 8, 2017: Lab (Simulation)
  • June 15, 2017: Homework (public holiday)
  • June 22, 2017: Lecture (C2X)
  • June 29, 2017: Lecture (C2X)
  • July 6, 2017: Lecture (C2X)
  • July 13, 2017: Lab
  • July 20, 2017: Lab
  • July 27, 2017: Final Presentations


Oral examination (by appointment)

If you aim switching to the new examination system and you want to do a module exam for C2X only, then you first have to switch into the new system (please see the examination office for details) and then schedule an exam appointment.

As the new module system is based on more contact hours (five vs. three), we expect you to also study the following papers, which will be relevant for the new (i.e., C2X only) module exam:

  • Peter Danielis, Jan Skodzik, Vlado Altmann, Eike Bjoern Schweissguth, Frank Golatowski, Dirk Timmermann and Joerg Schacht, "Survey on Real-Time Communication Via Ethernet in Industrial Automation Environments," Proceedings of IEEE Emerging Technology and Factory Automation (ETFA 2014), Barcelona, Spain, September 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Julian Heinovski, Florian Klingler, Falko Dressler and Christoph Sommer, "Performance Comparison of IEEE 802.11p and ARIB STD-T109," Proceedings of 8th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2016), Columbus, OH, December 2016, pp. 1–8. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]
  • Michele Segata, Falko Dressler and Renato Lo Cigno, "Jerk Beaconing: A Dynamic Approach to Platooning," Proceedings of 7th IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC 2015), Kyoto, Japan, December 2015, pp. 135–142. [DOI, BibTeX, PDF and Details...]


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


  • Christoph Sommer and Falko Dressler, Vehicular Networking, Cambridge University Press, 2014. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]
  • Werner Zimmermann and Ralf Schmidgall, Bussysteme in der Fahrzeugtechnik, ed. 4, Wiesbaden, Germany, Vieweg + Teubner, 2011. [BibTeX, Details...]
  • Konrad Reif, Automobilelektronik, ed. 3, Wiesbaden, Germany, Vieweg + Teubner, 2009. [BibTeX, Details...]
  • Dominique Paret, Multiplexed networks for embedded systems, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons (Wiley), 2007. [BibTeX, Details...]
  • Hannes Hartenstein and Kenneth Laberteaux (Eds.), VANET - Vehicular Applications and Inter-Networking Technologies, Intelligent Transport Systems, Chichester, United Kingdom, John Wiley & Sons (Wiley), 2010. [DOI, BibTeX, Details...]


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