Final colloquium Shuhul Razdan

28 July 2021 16:00 till 16:45 - Location: online - By: DCSC

"Optimization based 2D platoon control with multiple behaviors implemented through a finite state machine"

With inland transportation increasing every passing day, vehicle platooning offers a  good solution towards travelling more efficiently. Along with reducing traffic congestion on roads, platooning also leads to better fuel consumption among vehicles, fewer accidents, and most importantly, vehicle platoons can be made autonomous using optimization-based control techniques, such as Model Predictive Control (MPC). Much research has been done towards optimise fuel consumption through slip-streaming and by using topological data . A separate research field also into performing lanes changes and avoiding obstacles. However, both these research fields are disjointed and use a different model and MPC formulations to employ control. This project aims at developing an end-to-end system that can implement Longitudinal Control, Formation Reconfiguration and Collision Avoidance using one model and MPC formulation. The platoon will also have the ability to switch between these behaviours depending on the environment around the platoon. This report also highlights the limitations of the controller and gives concrete recommendations on how to deal with the shortcomings. 

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Dr.-Ing. S. Wahls