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DCD - Conduite collaborative et dynamique / Dynamic Collaborative Driving


To eventually have automated vehicles operate in platoons, it is necessary to study what information each vehicle must have and to whom it must communicate for safe and efficient maneuvering in all possible conditions. By emulating platoons using a group of mobile robots, we demonstrate the feasibility of maneuvers (such as entering, exiting and recuperating from an accident) using different distributed coordination strategies. The coordination strategies studied range from no communication to unidirectional or bidirectional exchanges between vehicles, and to fully centralized decision by the leading vehicle. Instead of assuming that the platoon leader or all vehicles globally monitor what is going on, only the vehicles involved in a particular maneuver are concerned, distributing decisions locally amongst the platoon. Experimental trials using robots having limited and directional perception of other, using vision and obstacle avoidance sensing were conducted. Results confirm the feasibility of the coordination strategies in different conditions, and various uses of communicated information to compensate for sensing limitations.

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