Longitudinal Control and a New Spacing Policy for Automated Transit Vehicles

Reggie J. Caudill, Steven P. Thomas, Peter Di Matteo

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Vehicle operating policies are developed and a longitudinal controller is designed to satisfy the stringent performance criteria of an Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) System operating under model-reference control. The complete control system is comprised of two parts, a model generator and a vehicle controller. The generation of a model velocity, based on ideal vehicle kinematics which include jerk and acceleration limiting, is examined with respect to the performance criteria required for safe operation. Using the phase-plane follower spacing policy, a vehicle controller is designed, evaluated, and implemented on an 8-bit microprocessor to control the vehicle through various maneuvers as simulated on an analog computer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4787915
Pages (from-to)572-577
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the American Control Conference
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes
Event1st American Control Conference, ACC 1982 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Jun 14 1982Jun 16 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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