Simulation of a Vehicle Platoon Control System for Automatic Highway Using the Fuzzy Control Concept

by Sijiu Liu, Univ of California, Davis, United States,
Andrew Frank, Univ of California, Davis, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation Engineering


This paper discusses the concept of the longitudinal control of vehicle platoons on the highways. The paper discusses the simulation of vehicles with non-linear properties, such as air drag, saturation (acceleration and brakes) and pure time delays in the engine and brake systems, as well as a mix of vehicle sizes with varying performance on the highway. A non-linear controller is developed by using a fuzzy logic algorithm concept. Tests of a computer simulation for six vehicles in a platoon of three different vehicle sizes and for five different driving situations including emergency stop show the concept is viable and can be extended to more vehicles in a platoon.

Subject Headings: Control systems | Intelligent transportation systems | Vehicles | Fuzzy sets | Highways and roads | Aircraft and spacecraft | Traffic delay | Engines

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