New Generation Vehicle Technology (H7109)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module gives you an introduction to the principles and technologies of modern on-road passenger cars.

Topics will include:

  • vehicle dynamics and corresponding sub-systems including tyres, suspension and steering systems with the aim of modelling, simulation and control
  • a brief comparison of on-road and off-road vehicles
  • control systems including the powertrain, stability and safety control principles and techniques
  • a brief introduction to autonomous vehicles including technologies for perception, localisation, path planning, communication and control.


33%: Lecture
67%: Practical (Laboratory)


40%: Coursework (Report)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: