Impact of Disturbances on Mixed Traffic Control with Autonomous Vehicles

  title={Impact of Disturbances on Mixed Traffic Control with Autonomous Vehicles},
  author={R. C. Drummond and Yang Zheng},
  journal={2020 59th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)},
  • R. DrummondYang Zheng
  • Published 12 August 2020
  • Mathematics
  • 2020 59th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)
This paper investigates the impact of disturbances on controlling an autonomous vehicle to smooth mixed traffic flow in a ring road setup. By exploiting the ring structure of this system, it is shown that velocity perturbations impacting any vehicle on the ring enter an uncontrollable and marginally stable mode defined by the sum of relative vehicle spacings. These disturbances are then integrated up by the system and cannot be unwound via controlling the autonomous vehicle. In particular, if… 

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