RECENT STEPS FORWARD IN PATH RESEARCH ON ADVANCED VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEMS

This paper summarizes some of the highlights of recent research on advanced vehicle control systems (AVCS) in the California PATH Program. This research has concentrated on developing answers to the key questions about the viability of the most sophisticated AVCS--the automated highway system (AHS). The results have increased confidence in AHS technology in several areas: 1) ability to maintain asymptotic stability of a closely-coupled multiple-vehicle platoon with good accuracy and ride quality; 2) ability to achieve high performance lateral control with accuracy and ride quality exceeding the capabilities of normal human drivers; 3) substantial aerodynamic drag reductions by operating vehicles in closely spaced platoons; 4) development of malfunction management protocols to produce safe degraded modes of operation after failures occur; and 5) progress toward the integration of vehicle lateral and longitudinal control. These findings are helping to provide a foundation for some of the AHS development work recently initiated by the National Automated Highway System Consortium.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Shladover, Steven E
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 2520

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726056
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1996 12:00AM