This project addresses the general area of robotics and, in particular, TACOM's areas of interest concerning collision avoidance and task automation. The task that is being automated is the control of headway distance or time as is applicable to military convoying operations involving heavy vehicles. The research contributes to the state-of-the-art and the knowledge and understanding needed to define, develop, and implement an integrated, on-board system that provides control of headway between successive vehicles. The work that was performed included building and experimenting with a prototype testbed. The cooperation of the Eaton Corporation and the Detroit Diesel Corporation has been obtained to augment the simulation, controller design, and the experimental expertise of UMTRI. A testbed was assembled for use in investigating the impact of a headway-control functionality on the performance of vehicle convoys. The work involved developing and installing a flexible headway control unit, and installing an Eaton/Vorad range and range-rate sensor into an M-915A2 Army vehicle equipped with a Detroit Diesel engine that includes electronic controls. The system was tested on a proving ground and demonstrated to TACOM personnel at their test track. This technical report is Volume I of the final report. Volume II contains Appendices A and B.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by USA Tank-Automotive Command (TACOM), Warren, Michigan 48397-5000.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

    2901 Baxter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI  United States  48109-2150
  • Authors:
    • Bareket, Z
    • Fancher, P S
    • Johnson, G
  • Publication Date: 1995-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 116 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00719361
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTRI-95-7, HS-041 892
  • Contract Numbers: DAAE07-93C-R126
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM