Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


College of Engineering


Dennis Derickson

Advisor Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor College

College of Engineering


Unsafe driver habits pose a serious threat to all vehicles on the road. This thesis outlines the development of an automotive IoT device capable of monitoring and reporting adverse driver habits to mitigate the occurrence of unsafe practices. The driver habits targeted are harsh braking, harsh acceleration, harsh cornering, speeding and over revving the vehicle. With the intention of evaluating and expanding upon the industry method of fault detection, a working prototype is designed to handle initialization, data collection, vehicle state tracking, fault detection and communication. A method of decoding the broadcasted messages on the vehicle bus is presented and unsafe driver habits are detected using static limits. An analysis of the initial design’s performance revealed that the industry method of detecting faults fails to account for the vehicle’s speed and is unable to detect faults on all roadways. A framework for analyzing fault profiles at varying speeds is presented and yields the relationship between fault magnitude and speed. A method of detecting the type of road driven was developed to dynamically assign fault limits while the vehicle traveled on a highway, city street or in traffic. The improved design correctly detected faults along all types of roads and proved to greatly expand upon the current method of fault detection used by the automotive IoT industry today.