In this paper, we have analyzed scenarios for leader-follower vehicle convoys that have the potential to be unsafe, hazardous, or even fatal in order to provide insight on dangerous driving conditions for autonomous vehicle platoons. These scenarios were created in a simulation software called Prescan, and are made to reflect the behavior of the vehicle dynamics and sensor characteristics of a real-world vehicle convoy that is currently being tested at the American Center for Mobility (ACM) and sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command - Ground Vehicle Systems Center (U.S. Army CC-DEVCOM) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The follower vehicle in this study is tested under multiple scenarios, equipped with a Dedicated Short Range vehicle-to-vehicle communication system (DSRC), a radar-based adaptive cruise control system (ACC) and a precision global positioning system (GPS).
Eric Cheek, Hesham Alghodhaifi, Cristian Adam, Russell Andres, and Sridhar Lakshmanan, "Dedicated short range communications used as fail-safe in autonomous navigation," Proc. SPIE 11425, Unmanned Systems Technology XXII, 114250P (Presented at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing: April 29, 2020; Published: 23 April 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2558925.
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