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15 May 2019 Modeling and simulation of leader-follower autonomous vehicles: environment effects
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In this paper, we present results obtained through simulation of connected-autonomous semi-trucks that are operating in a leader-follower configuration. Autonomy is enabled in this configuration with a very lean sensor package on each truck, precision global positioning system (GPS), radar-based automated cruise control system (ACC), and dedicated short-range vehicle-to-vehicle communication system (DSRC). Our simulation includes modeling the operating environment, namely, the high-speed test track at the American Center for Mobility (ACM); the sensors, namely, GPS, ACC, and DSRC; and vehicle dynamics of semi-trucks. Simulation results in this paper are focused on measuring the safety margin of the follower semi-truck under different environmental conditions. We studied adverse weather and measured the decrease in safety margins with the increase in precipitation.
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Sridhar Lakshmanan, Yuedong Yan, Stan Baek, and Hesham Alghodhaifi "Modeling and simulation of leader-follower autonomous vehicles: environment effects", Proc. SPIE 11021, Unmanned Systems Technology XXI, 110210J (15 May 2019);

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