Commercial vehicles continue to be the dominant mode of road transportation in North America and Europe. Compared with other road vehicles, commercial vehicles exhibit various performance limitations and greater safety risks due to their unique physical and dynamic characteristics. These include poor manoeuvrability at low speeds and unstable motion modes at high speeds such as jack-knifing, rollover and trailer swing. Crashes involving commercial vehicles continue to be of traffic safety concern.
Over the past decades, the advancements in mechatronics and system integration technologies has promoted the development and implementation of various active safety systems (such as electronic stability control, roll stability control and active trailer steering system) for commercial vehicles to achieve enhanced handling, stability and safety performance. The current stability control systems, however, rely heavily on prior knowledge of various properties of vehicle and its subsystems. Commercial vehicles, however, confront wide variations in various operating conditions and thereby the dynamic characteristics, which pose considerable challenges parameters and state estimations, and controllers syntheses. Designing smart control strategies which not only identify the changes in vehicle and environment conditions but also adapt to these changes would constitute a promising solution.
The objective of this special issue is to compile recent research and development efforts in active safety control of commercial vehicles, including stability status monitoring and warning, vehicle parameter and state estimations, performance measures or targets, analytical and simulation techniques, advanced control techniques and their applications. We welcome contributions on state-of-the-art in active safety controls for heavy vehicles, driver behaviour and modelling, advanced driver assist systems, collision avoidance systems and automated driving.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
- Holistic control methodologies and architecture
- Vehicle state monitoring, risk assessment and driver warning
- Vehicle parameter and state estimation, system identification
- Brake based active safety systems including swing and rollover warning, avoidance and mitigation, yaw stability control
- Active trailer steering systems
- Motion control and optimal tire force distributions
- Integration of active braking and active steering
- Driver-vehicle-road closed loop system simulations and analysis
- Emergency braking and collision avoidance control system
- Advanced control techniques applied in vehicle safety control system
Submission of manuscripts: 6 April, 2017