Lateral Control of a Convoy of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles with Limited Preview Information Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • This paper deals with the lateral control of a convoy of autonomous and connected following vehicles (ACVs) for executing an Emergency Lane Change (ELC) maneuver. Typically, an ELC maneuver is triggered by emergency cues from the front or the end of convoy as a response to either avoiding an obstacle or making way for other vehicles to pass. From a safety viewpoint, connectivity of ACVs is essential as it entails obtaining or exchanging information about other ACVs in the convoy. This paper assumes that ACVs have reliable connectivity and that every following ACV has the information about GPS position traces of the lead and immediately preceding vehicles in the convoy. This information provides a "discretized" preview of the trajectory to be tracked. Based on the available information, this article focuses on two schemes for synthesizing lateral control of ACVs based on(a) a single composite ELC trajectory that fuses lead and preceding vehicle's GPS traces and (b) separate ELC trajectories based on preview data of preceding and lead vehicles. The former case entails the construction of a single composite ELC trajectory, determine the cross-track error, heading and yaw rate errors with respect to this trajectory and synthesize a lateral control action. The latter case entails the construction of two separate trajectories corresponding to the lead vehicle's and preceding vehicle's data separately and the subsequent computation of two sets of associated errors and lateral control actions and combining them to provide a steering command. Numerical and experimental results corroborate the effectiveness of these two schemes.

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, M., Rathinam, S., & Darbha, S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Mengke||Rathinam, Sivakumar||Darbha, Swaroop

Book Title

  • arXiv

publication date

  • November 2020