Model Predictive Control for Ecological Vehicle Synchronized Driving Considering Varying Aerodynamic Drag and Road Shape Information
Anan KAKU, Md. Abdus Samad KAMAL, Masakazu MUKAI, Taketoshi KAWABE
This paper presents an ecological vehicle synchronized driving control system that aims at reducing overall fuel consumption of the vehicles in a group. A centralized system for controlling the vehicles in a group has been developed using the model predictive control method considering vehicle-aerodynamics and the resistance due to road slopes. The ecological synchronized driving system is simulated on a typical road with up-down slopes for high speed driving. Its fuel saving performance is compared with a conventional vehicle following system. Computer simulation results reveal a significant improvement in fuel economy using the proposed ecological synchronized driving control system.