3. Vehicle Architectures

  1. Luca Delgrossi1 and
  2. Tao Zhang2

Published Online: 13 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch3

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy

How to Cite

Delgrossi, L. and Zhang, T. (2012) Vehicle Architectures, in Vehicle Safety Communications: Protocols, Security, and Privacy, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118452189.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Cisco Systems, Inc., USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Information and Communication Technology

Book Series Editors:

  1. T. Russell Hsing and
  2. Vincent K. N. Lau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118132722

Online ISBN: 9781118452189



  • autonomous sensors;
  • controller area network (CAN);
  • electronic control units (ECUs);
  • global positioning system (GPS);
  • vehicle architectures


Modern vehicles are controlled electronically rather than purely mechanically. Most automakers use a few baseline vehicle architectures to build various vehicle models, which differ from each other largely in their electronic systems. In - vehicle devices and components are controlled by electronic control units (ECUs). Autonomous sensors, such as radars and cameras, are versatile tools to aid and enable active safety systems in vehicles. Communications among various vehicle subsystems are essential for the proper functioning of most components of modern vehicles. In addition communications within each subsystem are needed to control actuators or receive feedback from sensors. The dominant onboard network is currently the controller area network (CAN). Vehicle data extend beyond the basic information on position, speed, and acceleration that can be estimated by other means such as using low-cost Global Positioning System (GPS) devices integrated in smart phones.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

controller area networks; remotely operated vehicles; units (measurement)