Cooperative driving supports safe and sustainable transportations
One of the keys to increased traffic safety, better use of traffic space and “green driving” lies in cooperative driving technologies. To form vehicle platoons, where several cars in a line follow the speed of a platoon leader, is a solution we work on in a current project; CoACT (Cooperative Autonomous Car Train). We equip the cars with smart systems, controlling engine and brakes, based on information from the road and surrounding vehicles. The cars cooperate to maintain short as well as safe distances.
The project is part of SAFER. The Chalmers CoACT-team consists of highly motivated and skilled students with a strong backgrounds in control, signal processing, computer engineering, wireless communication, mechatronics or embedded cooperative systems.
Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge
GCDC is an international competition where semi-autonomous vehicles are assigned the task of cooperatively driving in platoons. GCDC aims at demonstrating that cooperative driving technology can contribute to reducing traffic jams and accelerate innovative solutions for better mobility.
In November 2012 teams from Chalmers, Linköping and KTH successfully demonstrated lateral maneuvers, where the vehicle can join or leave the platoon from/to the adjacent lane. This is one of the important steps towards making a fully autonomous cooperative driving in an heterogeneous scenario.
Figure 1: The CoACT demo event 2012. Gas and brake pedals in all vehicles are operated by the CoACT system.
If you would like to participate, please contact the Chalmers team
Naga Vishnukanth Irukulapati
Phone: 031 772 17 52
Associate Professor, Project supervisor
Phone: 031 772 18 03
Phone: 031 772 57 39