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Enhanced Lateral and Roll Stability Study for a Two-Axle Bus via Hydraulically Interconnected Suspension Tuning

2018-11-19
Abstract The suspension system has been shown to have significant effects on vehicle performance, including handling, ride, component durability, and even energy efficiency during the design process. In this study, a new roll-plane hydraulically interconnected suspension (HIS) system is proposed to enhance both roll and lateral dynamics of a two-axle bus. The roll-plane stability analysis for the HIS system has been intensively explored in a number of studies, while only few efforts have been made for suspension tuning, especially considering lateral plane stability. This article aims to explore the integrated lateral and roll dynamics by suspension tuning of a two-axle bus equipped with HIS system. A ten-degree-of-freedom (DOF) lumped-mass vehicle model is integrated with either transient mechanical-hydraulic model for HIS or the traditional suspension components, namely, shock absorber and anti-roll bar (ARB).
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Uncertainty Analysis of High-Frequency Noise in Battery Electric Vehicle Based on Interval Model

2019-02-01
Abstract The high-frequency noise issue is one of the most significant noise, vibration, and harshness problems, particularly in battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The sound package treatment is one of the most important approaches toward solving this problem. Owing to the limitations imposed by manufacturing error, assembly error, and the operating conditions, there is often a big difference between the actual values and the design values of the sound package components. Therefore, the sound package parameters include greater uncertainties. In this article, an uncertainty analysis method for BEV interior noise was developed based on an interval model to investigate the effect of sound package uncertainty on the interior noise of a BEV. An interval perturbation method was formulated to compute the uncertainty of the BEV’s interior noise.
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A Review on Physical Mechanisms of Tire-Pavement Interaction Noise

2019-05-16
Abstract Tire-pavement interaction noise (TPIN) dominates for passenger cars above 40 km/h and trucks above 70 km/h. Numerous studies have attempted to uncover and distinguish the basic mechanisms of TPIN. However, intense debate is still ongoing about the validity of these mechanisms. In this work, the physical mechanisms proposed in the literature were reviewed and divided into three categories: generation mechanisms, amplification mechanisms, and attenuation mechanisms. The purpose of this article is to gather the published general opinions for further open discussions.
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Study of Riding Assist Control Enabling Self-Standing in Stationary State

2018-12-04
Abstract In motorcycles, when they are traveling at medium to high speed, the roll stability is usually maintained by the restoration force generated by self-steering effect. However, when the vehicle is stationary or traveling in low speed, sufficient restoring force does not occur because some of the forces, such as centrifugal force, become small. In our study, we aimed at prototyping a motorcycle having a roll stability realized by a steering control when the vehicle is stationary or traveling in low speed. When we considered a mathematical control model to be applied, general models of four-degree-of-freedom had a critical inconvenience that the formulae include nonlinear second derivatives making them excessively complicated for deriving a practically applicable control method. Accordingly, we originally constructed a new control model which has equivalent two point masses (upper and lower from the vehicle’s center of gravity).
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Development, Testing, and Assessment of a Kinematic Path-Following Model for Towing Vehicle Systems

2019-01-07
Abstract A kinematic path-following model is developed based on an existing modeling framework established by the authors [1, 2] for prediction of the paths of towing vehicle systems. The presented path-following model determines the path of the towing vehicle using the vehicle’s speed and acceleration data collected by an inertial measurement unit (IMU). An Ackerman steering model was presented to calculate instantaneous directional angles and radii for each towed vehicle based on its geometric data and steering angle. In that model the off-tracking effect is properly captured. A 1:4 scale model for a towing vehicle system was built to test the developed steering model, and it was found that the angles and radii of the towing vehicle and each towed unit calculated using the Ackerman steering model agreed very well with those measured from the scale model.
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A Heavy Tractor Semi-Trailer Stability Control Strategy Based on Electronic Pneumatic Braking System HIL Test

2019-10-15
Abstract Aiming to improve the handling performance of heavy tractor semi-trailer during turning or changing lanes at high speed, a hierarchical structure controller is proposed and a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test bench of the electronic pneumatic braking system is developed to validate the proposed controller. In the upper controller, a Kalman filter observer based on the heavy tractor semi-trailer dynamic model is used to estimate the yaw rates and sideslip angles of the tractor and trailer. Simultaneously, a sliding mode direct yaw moment controller is developed, which takes the estimated yaw rates and sideslip angles and the reference values calculated by the three-degrees-of-freedom dynamic model of the heavy tractor semi-trailer as the control inputs. In the lower controller, the additional yaw moments of tractor and trailer are transformed into corresponding wheel braking forces according to the current steering characteristics.
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Impact of Dynamic Characteristics of Wheel-Rail Coupling on Rail Corrugation

2019-07-02
Abstract To gain a better understanding of the characteristics of corrugation, including the development and propagation of corrugation, and impact of vehicle and track dynamics, a computational model was established, taking into account the nonlinearity of vehicle-track coupling. The model assumes a fixed train speed of 300 km/h and accounts for vertical interaction force components and rail wear effect. Site measurements were used to validate the numerical model. Computational results show that (1) Wheel polygonalisation corresponding to excitation frequency of 545-572 Hz was mainly attributed to track irregularity and uneven stiffness of under-rail supports, which in turn leads to vibration modes of the bogie and axle system in the frequency range of 500-600 Hz, aggregating wheel wear. (2) The peak response frequency of rail of the non-ballasted track coincides with the excitation frequency of wheel-rail coupling; the resonance results in larger wear amplitude of the rail.
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Nonlinear Iterative Optimization Process for Multichannel Remote Parameter Control

2019-10-14
Abstract In this article, compared with traditional Remote Parameter Control (RPC), the iterative process is improved based on linear transfer function (TF) estimation of the nonlinear dynamic system. In the improved RPC, the iteration coefficient is designed according to the convergence condition of the nonlinear iterative process, so that the convergence level, convergence speed, and iteration stability could be improved. The difference between the traditional and the improved RPC iterative process is discussed, the RPC iterative process of the nonlinear system is analyzed, and channel decoupling for Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) system based on eigen-decomposition of the system TF and linear TF estimation is introduced. It assumes that the eigenvector matrix of the system TF remains the same, and the linear TF in the iterative process is estimated and updated, which is used for iterative calculation.
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Application of Optimal Control Method to Path Tracking Problem of Vehicle

2019-08-26
Abstract Path tracking is an essential stage for vehicle safety control. It is more newsworthy than ever in the automotive context and especially for autonomous vehicle. The study proposes an optimal control method for path tracking problem in inverse vehicle handling dynamics. The proposed method generates an expected trajectory which guarantees minimum clearance to the prescribed path by identifying the optimal steering torque input. Based on this purpose, the path tracking problem, which is treated as an optimal control problem, is then solved by local collocation method and mesh refinement. Finally, a real vehicle test is executed to verify the rationality of the proposed model and methodology. The results show that using control variables as a mesh refinement function can capture the dramatic changes in state variables, and the efficiency improvement is more significant as the number of the grid points increases.
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Pedestrian Collision Avoidance System for Autonomous Vehicles

2019-12-18
Abstract Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are state of the art in modern vehicles (SAE level 1-2). They support the driver and improve thereby the vehicle safety during manual driving. In critical situations, collision avoidance systems warn the driver or trigger an autonomous emergency braking maneuver to mitigate or avoid a collision. Also, automated driving vehicles (SAE level 3+) must be able to avoid critical situations and must be more capable than currently available systems. During automated driving, the vehicle is responsible for the driving task instead of the driver. Therefore, safe automated driving requires robust algorithms to avoid collisions with other traffic participants in every situation, especially in critical situations with pedestrians and a limited perception ability. In this work, we investigate how automated driving vehicles can handle critical situations with pedestrians on multilane roads with an emergency braking or evasion maneuver.
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Finding Diverse Failure Scenarios in Autonomous Systems Using Adaptive Stress Testing

2019-12-18
Abstract Identifying and eliminating failure scenarios is critical in the development of autonomous vehicle (AV) systems. However, finding such failures through real-world vehicle-level testing is a difficult task as system disengagements and accidents are rare occurrences. Simulation approaches have been proposed to supplement vehicle-level testing and reduce the costs associated with operating large fleets of autonomous test vehicles. While one can run more vehicles in simulation than in the real world, applying traditional Monte Carlo sampling techniques to find failures still yields an unguided search and a large waste of computing resources. A more directed method than random sampling is needed to identify failure scenarios in a computationally efficient manner. Adaptive Stress Testing (AST) is a method that uses reinforcement learning (RL) paradigms to efficiently find failure scenarios in stochastic sequential decision-making systems.
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Virtual Assessment of Automated Driving: Methodology, Challenges, and Lessons Learned

2019-12-18
Abstract Automated driving as one of the most anticipated technologies is approaching its market release in the near future. Since several years, the research in the automotive industry is largely focused on its development and presents well-engineered prototypes. The many aspects of this development do not only concern the function and its components itself, but also the proof of safety and assessment for its market release. It is clear that previous methods used for the release of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are not applicable. In contrast to already released systems, automated driving is not restricted to a certain field of application in terms of driving scenarios it has to take action in. This results in an infeasible amount of required testing and unforeseeable scenarios the function can face throughout its lifetime. In this article, we show a scenario-based approach that promises to overcome those challenges.
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Application Study of Blind Spot Monitoring System Realized by Monocular Camera with CNN Depth Cues Extraction Approach

2019-12-17
Abstract The image from monocular camera is processed to detect depth information of the obstacles viewed by the rearview cameras of vehicle door side. The depth information recognized from a single, two-dimensional image data can be used for the purpose of blind spot area detection. Blind spot detection function is contributing to enhance the vehicle safety in scenarios such as lane-change and overtaking driving. In this article the depth cue information is inferred from the feature comparison between two image blocks selected within a single image. Convolutional neural network model trained by deep learning process with good enough accuracy is applied to distinguish if an obstacle is far or near for a specified threshold in the vehicle blind spot area. The application study results are demonstrated by the offline calculations with real traffic image data.
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Semiconductor Safety Concepts for the Power Distribution of Automated Driving

2019-12-18
Abstract Automated driving is a highly complex idea. It involves mechanics, electronics and chemistry, artificial intelligence, human intelligence and high computational efforts. Apart from those aspects, the automated intelligence is run using electricity. An unintended interrupt can easily lead to a hazard. Therefore, a highly reliable power distribution has to be developed. This work focuses on the reliability calculation of such a power distribution concept. It points out what is required and will be in future such that the algorithms for the path planning and control are running in a safe environment according to the ISO 26262 standard.
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Letter from the Editors-in-Chief

2019-12-18
Abstract The external driving environment of an autonomous driving vehicle is complex and changeable. In this article, the trajectory tracking control with obstacle avoidance based on model predictive control was presented. Specifically, double-level control scheme by controlling the front steering angle was used in our research, and the double level is composed of the high level of model predictive controller for local trajectory planning and low level of model predictive controller for trajectory tracking. At high level, the local trajectory planner based on the point-mass model was designed. Then, at low level, the linear time-varying vehicle dynamics model was presented, and the trajectory tracking controller was proposed considering control variable, control increment, and output constraint. Finally, the trajectory tracking performance was tested in co-simulation environment with CarSim and Simulink, and the tracking errors were analyzed.
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Localization Requirements for Autonomous Vehicles

2019-09-24
Abstract Autonomous vehicles require precise knowledge of their position and orientation in all weather and traffic conditions for path planning, perception, control, and general safe operation. Here we derive these requirements for autonomous vehicles based on first principles. We begin with the safety integrity level, defining the allowable probability of failure per hour of operation based on desired improvements on road safety today. This draws comparisons with the localization integrity levels required in aviation and rail where similar numbers are derived at 10−8 probability of failure per hour of operation. We then define the geometry of the problem where the aim is to maintain knowledge that the vehicle is within its lane and to determine what road level it is on.
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Active Safety System for Connected Vehicles

2019-10-14
Abstract The development of connected-vehicle technology, which includes vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, opens the door for unprecedented active safety and driver-enhanced systems. In addition to exchanging basic traffic messages among vehicles for safety applications, a significantly higher level of safety can be achieved when vehicles and designated infrastructure locations share their sensor data. In this article, we propose a new system where cameras installed on multiple vehicles and infrastructure locations share and fuse their visual data and detected objects in real time. The transmission of camera data and/or detected objects (e.g., pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists, etc.) can be accomplished by many communication methods. In particular, such communications can be accomplished using the emerging Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology.
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Evaluation of a Robust Haptic Interface for Semi-Autonomous Vehicles

2019-05-15
Abstract The advent of steer-by-wire technologies has changed the driving paradigm for drivers and vehicle autonomy. Such technologies integrate electric motors to actuate the tire-road plus human-machine interfaces. Steer-by-wire vehicles can benefit from haptic concepts through the provision of tunable force feedback, coupled with nonlinear control, to introduce lane keeping and pathway following technologies that minimize and possibly eliminate driver actions. In this article, two vehicle haptic interfaces, including a robotic grip and a joystick, both of which are accompanied by nonlinear sliding mode control, have been developed and studied on a steer-by-wire platform integrated with a virtual reality driving environment. An operator-in-the-loop evaluation that included 30 human test subjects investigated these haptic steering interfaces over a prescribed series of driving maneuvers through real-time data logging and post-test questionnaires.
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Motion Cueing Algorithm for a 9-DoF Driving Simulator: MPC with Linearized Actuator Constraints

2019-07-09
Abstract In times when automated driving is becoming increasingly relevant, dynamic simulators present an appropriate simulation environment to faithfully reproduce driving scenarios. A realistic replication of driving dynamics is an important criterion to immerse persons in the virtual environments provided by the simulator. Motion Cueing Algorithms (MCAs) compute the simulator’s control input, based on the motions of the simulated vehicle. The technical restrictions of the simulator’s actuators form the main limitation in the execution of these input commands. Typical dynamic simulators consist of a hexapod with six degrees of freedom (DoF) to reproduce the vehicle motion in all dimensions. Since its workspace dimensions are limited, significant improvements in motion capabilities can be achieved by expanding the simulator with redundant DoF by means of additional actuators.
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Design and Development of a Semi-Autonomous Trailer Concept

2019-01-23
Abstract This work builds on previous efforts to develop a self-propelled, semi-autonomous trailer, for use with a standard passenger car. This trailer design involves a power source on the trailer itself, as well as the capacity to sense the load present in the trailer hitch that joins it to the towing vehicle. The load-sensing trailer hitch is used as the input to a control algorithm to determine how much power is required from the trailer’s power source. Two similar concepts were designed and constructed, using different approaches and different scales for testing. Preliminary testing was carried out, and while work remains to be done in order to produce a production-ready design, the progress made further demonstrates the feasibility and value of such a design. Future work will carry forward the research and development of this concept, with the goal of determining the best scheme for practical implementation.
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