A passenger comfort controller for an autonomous ground vehicle

Sean Whitsitt, Jonathan Sprinkle

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Trajectory-following controllers for autonomous ground vehicles must carefully consider the possibility of vehicle instability. Previous approaches have provided a reference velocity along with a trajectory to follow, and a supervisory controller selects low velocity if turns are anticipated. However, such an approach is not robust across different vehicle platforms, and does not take into account passenger comfort. This paper provides a controller and design methodology to couple an existing trajectory controller with a speed limiting controller, where the speed-limiting controller is created based on user driving data. The result is a controller that can be optimized using a set of linearized controllers, and which is also demonstrated to remain below the velocity/turnrate thresholds established by human drivers: a conservative approximation for stability thresholds to prevent rollovers and skidding. Analysis is performed on data gathered using velocities between 0-18 m/s gathered in driving on surface streets as well as maneuvers in an open area, to demonstrate the validity of the thresholds in various conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6426049
Pages (from-to)3380-3385
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event51st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2012 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2012Dec 13 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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