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Autonomous Vehicles, Wireless Communications and Software Security the Topics of Three SAE International Courses at Convergence 2012

WARRENDALE, Pa., Aug. 21, 2012 - SAE International will hold three professional development courses in conjunction with Convergence 2012, which will be held Oct. 16-17 in Detroit.

The courses, which will be held Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., focus on some of the most cutting-edge technology and knowledge in automotive electronics today. The courses include:


“Autonomous Vehicle Positioning Systems” addresses vehicle positioning and navigation systems. The first part of the seminar provides an overview of the Global Positioning System (GPS) since it is the main location technology enabler for automotive location-based applications. The following topics will be discussed: coordinate reference frames, satellite constellation, signal structure, ranging observables, ranging error sources, error mitigation techniques, position velocity and timing (PVT), accuracy and availability for different modes of positioning that include open-loop, differential GPS (DGPS), real-time kinematic GPS (RTK), GPS dead-reckoning, augmentation of GPS with wheel speed sensors, inertial measurement units and compasses.

 “Wireless Communications in the Autonomous Connected Vehicle” provides participants with an engineering overview of the various technologies that comprise a wireless communication system as it relates to automotive and commercial vehicle applications. It is intended to develop the skill set necessary for an educated understanding of the challenges and opportunities related to Connected Vehicles and connected applications.  This lecture contains three sections. The first section provides an immersion in the fundamentals of wireless communications; the second section addresses networking, including the principles and reviews of TDMA and CDMA systems; and the third section describes how wireless communications techniques can be applied in vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle to vehicle (V2V).

“Software Architectures and Security for Connected Vehicular Systems” provides an overview of typical connected vehicle applications and services operating on-board the vehicle. The software systems, including protocols and packetization, are examined at an architectural level and not at a detailed programming level. A discussion at the architectural level provides a communication platform that can be used between a wide range of stakeholders (technical and non-technical). Important decisions that affect the detailed software design of applicable systems can subsequently be made earlier in the development process and existing designs can be evaluated for usability in autonomous connected vehicles.

For more information about the seminars, or to register, Call SAE Customer Service at 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or 1-724-776-4970 (outside U.S. and Canada); or email

In addition to the professional development courses, SAE International will hold a Focus Group Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7:45-8:45 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to have connected vehicle experts review SAE International’s professional development offering in this area, as well as provide feedback and share thoughts on market potential. Interested professionals should contact Kevin J. Perry, PhD, Manager, Professional Development, SAE International, at or 1-724-772-7502.

SAE International is a global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.





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