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Energy Efficient Maneuvering of Connected and Automated Vehicles 2020-01-0583

Onboard sensing and external connectivity using Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies will allow a vehicle to "know" its future operating conditions with some degree of certainty, greatly narrowing prior information gaps. The increased development of such Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) systems, currently used mostly for safety and driver convenience, presents new opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of individual vehicles. The NEXTCAR program is one such initiative by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to developed advanced vehicle dynamics and powertrain control technologies that leverage such connected information streams. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in collaboration with Toyota and University of Michigan is currently working on improving energy consumption of a Toyota Prius Prime 2017 by 20%. This paper provides an overview of the various algorithms that have been developed to achieve the energy consumption target. A breakdown of how individual algorithms contribute to the overall target is presented. The team built a specialized test-bed called CAV dynamometer that integrates a traffic simulator and a hub dynamometer for testing the algorithms in a controlled environment. This ensures the algorithms are subjected to repeatable traffic scenarios and provides a mechanism to test robustness of the algorithms to disturbances in the system. Vehicle results from the CAV dynamometer testing and preliminary track testing is presented.


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