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Modeling and simulation of leader-follower autonomous vehicles: environment effects
Author(s): Sridhar Lakshmanan; Yuedong Yan; Stan Baek; Hesham Alghodhaifi
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present results obtained through simulation of connected-autonomous semi-trucks that are operating in a leader-follower configuration. Autonomy is enabled in this configuration with a very lean sensor package on each truck, precision global positioning system (GPS), radar-based automated cruise control system (ACC), and dedicated short-range vehicle-to-vehicle communication system (DSRC). Our simulation includes modeling the operating environment, namely, the high-speed test track at the American Center for Mobility (ACM); the sensors, namely, GPS, ACC, and DSRC; and vehicle dynamics of semi-trucks. Simulation results in this paper are focused on measuring the safety margin of the follower semi-truck under different environmental conditions. We studied adverse weather and measured the decrease in safety margins with the increase in precipitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11021, Unmanned Systems Technology XXI, 110210J (15 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520485
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Sridhar Lakshmanan, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)
Yuedong Yan, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)
Stan Baek, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)
Hesham Alghodhaifi, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11021:
Unmanned Systems Technology XXI
Charles M. Shoemaker; Hoa G. Nguyen; Paul L. Muench, Editor(s)

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