Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity, collectively referred to as V2X, has already shown immense promise to improve vehicle safety, convenience and efficiency. Examples include crash avoidance, vehicle platooning and traffic signal timing. V2X also has the potential to improve internal combustion (IC) engines and their associated powertrain systems. Connected IC engine technologies include using V2X connectivity to alter engine or powertrain behaviour in real-time, to characterise powertrain performance over time for pre-fault diagnostics, to use collected vehicle data to improve the design of engines or powertrain components, and to alter engine operation as a function of vehicle geographic location (geo-fencing).
With the inevitable proliferation of V2X, this special issue will provide a forum for publishing new research quantifying how IC engine powertrain efficiency and emissions can be improved through connectivity. High-quality articles are invited that explore this growing area and provide vision for future research activities.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Impact of connectivity on IC engine combustion control
- Use of connectivity in evaluating real-world fuel performance or quality
- Predictive engine or powertrain control using external data
- Engine and powertrain fault pre-diagnostics
- Real-world emissions from connected vehicles
- Hybrid powertrain control algorithms using external data
Note: Articles that describe methods for powertrain optimisation without the use of data provided through V2X connectivity are not of interest.
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2016
Final versions due: 30 November, 2016