Course detail

Vehicle Operation Control 2

FEKT-MPA-VO2Acad. year: 2024/2025

In the first part of the course, students will learn about the main application areas of automotive sensors and the resulting requirements for their parameters and reliability in given working conditions. The main part of the course will be devoted to the explanation of the basic principles of sensor function and specific technical solutions typical for the automotive industry. Sensors and actuators for each application area - powertrain and vehicle motion control, navigation and safety systems, and systems providing assistance and support functions - will be discussed in turn.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of basic physics and basic electronics is required.
Work in the laboratory is subject to a valid qualification of "instructed worker" according to the Decree No. 50/1978 Coll., which students must obtain before starting the course. Information on this qualification is given in the Dean's Directive on familiarisation of students with safety regulations.  

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Students can obtain 30 points for the activity in laboratory exercises. The written final exam is awarded by 70 points (maximally).
Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the basic principles and characteristics of sensors used in automotive systems for powertrain control, safety and user comfort and the requirements placed on them.
The graduate of the course is able to:
(a) describe the function of the basic electronic systems of a vehicle
(b) describe the operation and characteristics of the sensors used
(c) explain the principle of selected types of sensors
(d) understand the advantages and disadvantages of different types of sensors and actuators

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

REIF, K., Automotive Mechatronics, Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg, 2015. ISBN 978-3-658-03975-2 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-AEE Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Automotive sensors - basics and overview

Sensor classification, main requirements, trends

Features of vehicle sensors

Position sensors

Speed and rpm sensors

Acceleration sensors

Pressure sensors

Force and torque sensors


Gas sensors and concentration sensors

Temperature sensors

Imaging sensors



Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


The content of the laboratory exercises in the course is an introduction to selected types of sensors and measurement methods in the form of laboratory tasks. Two students work together on a laboratory task. Thus, each pair of students completes 4 laboratory tasks during the semester. For the first laboratory task there are 3 exercises, each subsequent task must be measured during 2 exercises. The assessed student outcome is 3 laboratory reports and 1 public presentation of the measured problem. The laboratory report for the first and second tasks will be prepared jointly by both students. The third problem will be prepared by the first student of the pair as a protocol and the second student as a presentation. For the fourth problem, the second student will write the report and the first student will present the problem.
1. Temperature
2. Vibration
3. Position
4. Rotational speed