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  • 1.
    Fors, Victor
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Optimal Braking Patterns and Forces in Autonomous Safety-Critical Maneuvers2018Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The trend of more advanced driver-assistance features and the development toward autonomous vehicles enable new possibilities in the area of active safety. With more information available in the vehicle about the surrounding traffic and the road ahead, there is the possibility of improved active-safety systems that make use of this information for stability control in safety-critical maneuvers. Such a system could adaptively make a trade-off between controlling the longitudinal, lateral, and rotational dynamics of the vehicle in such a way that the risk of collision is minimized. To support this development, the main aim of this licentiate thesis is to provide new insights into the optimal behavior for autonomous vehicles in safety-critical situations. The knowledge gained have the potential to be used in future vehicle control systems, which can perform maneuvers at-the-limit of vehicle capabilities.

    Stability control of a vehicle in autonomous safety-critical at-the-limit maneuvers is analyzed by the use of optimal control. Since analytical solutions of the studied optimal control problems are intractable, they are discretized and solved numerically. A formulation of an optimization criterion depending on a single interpolation parameter is introduced, which results in a continuous family of optimal coordinated steering and braking patterns. This formulation provides several new insights into the relation between different braking patterns for vehicles in at-the-limit maneuvers. The braking patterns bridge the gap between optimal lane-keeping control and optimal yaw control, and have the potential to be used for future active-safety systems that can adapt the level of braking to the situation at hand. A new illustration named attainable force volumes is introduced, which effectively shows how the trajectory of a vehicle maneuver relates to the attainable forces over the duration of the maneuver. It is shown that the optimal behavior develops on the boundary surface of the attainable force volume. Applied to lane-keeping control, this indicates a set of control principles similar to those analytically obtained for friction-limited particle models in earlier research, but is shown to result in vehicle behavior close to the globally optimal solution also for more complex models and scenarios.

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    1. Formulation and interpretation of optimal braking and steering patterns towards autonomous safety-critical manoeuvres
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Formulation and interpretation of optimal braking and steering patterns towards autonomous safety-critical manoeuvres
    2019 (English)In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, E-ISSN 1744-5159, Vol. 57, no 8, p. 1206-1223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Stability control of a vehicle in autonomous safety-critical at-the-limit manoeuvres is analysed from the perspective of lane keeping or lane changing, rather than that of yaw control as in traditional ESC systems. An optimal control formulation is developed, where the optimisation criterion is a linear combination of the initial and final velocity of the manoeuvre. Varying the interpolation parameter in this formulation turns out to result in an interesting family of optimal braking and steering patterns in stabilising manoeuvres. The two different strategies of optimal lane-keeping control and optimal yaw control are shown to be embedded in the formulation and result from the boundary values of the parameter. The results provide new insights and have the potential to be used for future safety systems that adapt the level of braking to the situation at hand, which is demonstrated through examples of how to exploit theresults.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Taylor & Francis, 2019
    Keywords
    Vehicle stability, yaw control, lane keeping, lane change, avoidance manoeuvre, at-the-limit
    National Category
    Vehicle Engineering
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152896 (URN)10.1080/00423114.2018.1549331 (DOI)000470891200008 ()
    Funder
    Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
    Note

    Funding agencies: Swedish Government (Sveriges Regering); Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) (Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse) - Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

    Available from: 2018-11-27 Created: 2018-11-27 Last updated: 2019-10-30Bibliographically approved
    2. Attainable force volumes of optimal autonomous at-the-limit vehicle manoeuvres
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attainable force volumes of optimal autonomous at-the-limit vehicle manoeuvres
    2019 (English)In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, E-ISSN 1744-5159, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
    Abstract [en]

    With new developments in sensor technology, a new generation of vehicle dynamics controllers is developing, where the braking and steering strategies use more information, e.g. knowledge of road borders. The basis for vehicle-safety systems is how the forces from tyre–road interaction is vectored to achieve optimal total force and moment on the vehicle. To study this, the concept of attainable forces previously proposed in literature is adopted, and here a new visualisation technique is devised. It combines the novel concept of attainable force volumes with an interpretation of how the optimal solution develops within this volume. A specific finding is that for lane-keeping it is important to maximise the force in a certain direction, rather than to control the direction of the force vector, even though these two strategies are equivalent for the friction-limited particle model previously used in some literature for lane-keeping control design. More specifically, it is shown that the optimal behaviour develops on the boundary surface of the attainable force volume. Applied to lane-keeping control, this observation indicates a set of control principles similar to those analytically obtained for friction-limited particle models in earlier research, but result in vehicle behaviour close to the globally optimal solution also for more complex models and scenarios.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Taylor & Francis, 2019
    Keywords
    Active safety, force vectoring, vehicle dynamics control, tyre–road interaction, vehicle manoeuvre strategy
    National Category
    Vehicle Engineering
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156638 (URN)10.1080/00423114.2019.1608363 (DOI)000470461700001 ()2-s2.0-85064738528 (Scopus ID)
    Note

    Funding agencies: Swedish Government; Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) - Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

    Available from: 2019-05-02 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-07-03Bibliographically approved
  • 2.
    Fors, Victor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olofsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nielsen, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Attainable force volumes of optimal autonomous at-the-limit vehicle manoeuvres2019In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, E-ISSN 1744-5159, p. 1-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    With new developments in sensor technology, a new generation of vehicle dynamics controllers is developing, where the braking and steering strategies use more information, e.g. knowledge of road borders. The basis for vehicle-safety systems is how the forces from tyre–road interaction is vectored to achieve optimal total force and moment on the vehicle. To study this, the concept of attainable forces previously proposed in literature is adopted, and here a new visualisation technique is devised. It combines the novel concept of attainable force volumes with an interpretation of how the optimal solution develops within this volume. A specific finding is that for lane-keeping it is important to maximise the force in a certain direction, rather than to control the direction of the force vector, even though these two strategies are equivalent for the friction-limited particle model previously used in some literature for lane-keeping control design. More specifically, it is shown that the optimal behaviour develops on the boundary surface of the attainable force volume. Applied to lane-keeping control, this observation indicates a set of control principles similar to those analytically obtained for friction-limited particle models in earlier research, but result in vehicle behaviour close to the globally optimal solution also for more complex models and scenarios.

  • 3.
    Fors, Victor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olofsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nielsen, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Formulation and interpretation of optimal braking and steering patterns towards autonomous safety-critical manoeuvres2019In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, E-ISSN 1744-5159, Vol. 57, no 8, p. 1206-1223Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Stability control of a vehicle in autonomous safety-critical at-the-limit manoeuvres is analysed from the perspective of lane keeping or lane changing, rather than that of yaw control as in traditional ESC systems. An optimal control formulation is developed, where the optimisation criterion is a linear combination of the initial and final velocity of the manoeuvre. Varying the interpolation parameter in this formulation turns out to result in an interesting family of optimal braking and steering patterns in stabilising manoeuvres. The two different strategies of optimal lane-keeping control and optimal yaw control are shown to be embedded in the formulation and result from the boundary values of the parameter. The results provide new insights and have the potential to be used for future safety systems that adapt the level of braking to the situation at hand, which is demonstrated through examples of how to exploit theresults.

  • 4.
    Fors, Victor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olofsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nielsen, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Formulation and Interpretation of Optimal Braking Patterns in Autonomous Lane-Keeping Maneuvers2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The two perspectives of autonomous driving and new active safety in vehicles are complementary, and both hold promise to reduce the number of accidents and associated severe or fatal injuries. They both coincide in the recent interest in finding alternatives to traditional yaw-control systems that can utilize the full potential of the vehicle. By considering the control problem as that of lane-keeping, also at high speed and at-the-limit of tire friction, rather than that of yaw control, leads to the possibility of optimization-based active-braking systems with better performance than those existing today. Here, we investigate the optimal braking patterns in completely autonomous lane-keeping maneuvers resulting from a formulation where the optimization criterion used is an interpolation between the initial and final velocities of the maneuver. Varying the interpolation parameter, i.e., the relative weight between the initial and final velocity, results in different vehicle behavior. The analysis of these behaviors provides several new insights into stabilizing braking patterns for vehicles in at-the-limit maneuvers. Specifically, it is to be noted that the benefits of a lane-keeping strategy are immediate, both in terms of the maximum possible initial velocity and the velocity reduction. The formulation embeds the traditional yaw control and optimal lane-keeping as the end-point values of the interpolation parameter, and adds a continuous family of behaviors in between. This gives a new perspective for investigating the relation between traditional yaw control and optimal lane-keeping for autonomous vehicles.

  • 5.
    Fors, Victor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olofsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nielsen, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Slip-Angle Feedback Control for Autonomous Safety-Critical Maneuvers At-the-Limit of Friction2018In: Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Advanced Vehicle Control (AVEC’ 18), 2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    From the basis of optimal control, a closed-loop controller for autonomous vehicle maneuvers at-the-limit of friction is developed.The controller exploits that the optimal solution tends to be close to the friction limit of the tires.This observation allows for simplifications that enable the use of a proportional feedback control in the control loop,which provides a smooth trajectory promising for realization in an actual control system.The controller is in comparison with an open-loop numerical optimal control solution shown to exhibit promising performance at low computational cost in a challenging turn scenario.

  • 6.
    Fors, Victor
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Olofsson, Björn
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Nielsen, Lars
    Linköping University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Vehicular Systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
    Yaw-Moment Control At-the-Limit of Friction Using Individual Front-Wheel Steering and Four-Wheel Braking2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A simplified combined-slip model that only considers the extreme case at the friction limit is suggested and used in a closed-loop controller for autonomous vehicle handling in at-the-limit maneuvers. In the development of the controller it is assumed that the front wheels are individually steered, but it is demonstrated in a left-hand turn scenario that with a simple adaptation, the method is still applicable for a vehicle with equal front-wheel angles.

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