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Evaluating adaptive cruise control strategies in worst-case scenarios

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Author: Willigen, W.H. van · Schut, M.C. · Kester, L.J.H.M.
Source:14th IEEE International Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, ITSC 2011, 5 - 7 October 2011, Washington, DC, USA, 1910-1915
Identifier: 445699
doi: doi:10.1109/ITSC.2011.6082841
Keywords: Defence, Safety and Security · Physics & Electronics · DSS - Distributed Sensor Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


This paper is concerned with safety in (cooperative) adaptive cruise control systems. In these systems, the speed of the cars is maintained automatically, based on the preferred speed of the driver and the speed of the preceding car. Technologies that are used in these systems, such as radar and radio communication, introduce many factors of uncertainty in the system. In this paper, we present models for different adaptive cruise control strategies, in which this uncertainty is explicitly modelled. By simulating emergency braking situations under these uncertain circumstances, we find the minimal safe time headway for these strategies.