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Vehicular Networks [C2X]

L.079.05812, Summer 2019


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.

  • 6 ECTS (Lecture: 3 SWS, Labs: 2 SWS)

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



This course consists of lectures and labs. 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 labs, this knowledge will be applied in hands-on simulative performance studies. All simulation code will be written in C++ and executed on Linux systems.

  • Lecture
    Thursday, 13-16h (c.t.), F1.110
    no lecture on May 16, 23, and 30, June 20, July 4
  • Labs
    Group 1: Friday, 9-11h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    Group 2: Friday, 11-13h (c.t.), F1.520 (PC pool 1st floor)
    first lab on April 12, only this week at 11-13h in FU.511


Oral examination (by appointment)

Successful completion of labs and homework required (AQT, "Studienleistung")


Many thanks for the critical and helpful evaluation!


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  • Konrad Reif, Automobilelektronik, ed. 3, Wiesbaden, Germany, Vieweg + Teubner, 2009. [BibTeX, Details...]
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  • 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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