J. Karl Hedrick

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This paper focuses on disturbance propagation in vehicle strings. It is known that using only relative spacing information to follow a constant distance behind the preceding vehicle leads to string instability. Specifically, small disturbances acting on one vehicle can propagate and have a large effect on another vehicle. We show that this limitation is due(More)
A new method is proposed for designing controllers with arbitrarily small tracking error for uncertain, mismatched nonlinear systems in the strict feedback form. This method is another “synthetic input technique,” similar to backstepping and multiple surface control methods, but with an important addition, 1 low pass filters are included in the design where(More)
his article describes vehicle control issues that must be faced T in designing a fully automated highway system (AHS). In particular, requirements for a control system architecture as well as issues of lateral and longitudinal “platoon” control are addressed. Interest in AHS is clearly expanding at a rapid pace due to the ever-increasing problems of freeway(More)
An important aspect of an automated highway system design is the synthesis of an automatic vehicle following system. Associated with automatic vehicle following systems is the problem of the stability of a string of vehicles, i.e., the problem of spacing error propagation, and in some cases, amplification upstream from one vehicle to another, due to some(More)
A new architecture for a mobile ad-hoc communication network is developed, and simulation results show that the proposed MAC protocol can enhance transmission success probability from 0 to 97%. Two novel applications of vehicle-to-vehicle networks are then developed and simulated. The first application is a “Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control” which uses(More)
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have shown promise in recent years for autonomous sensing. UAVs systems have been proposed for a wide range of applications such as mapping, surveillance, search, and tracking operations. The recent availability of low-cost UAVs suggests the use of teams of vehicles to perform sensing tasks. To leverage the capabilities of a(More)