Title: Robust power-slide control for a production vehicle

Authors: Moritz Werling; Philipp Reinisch; Lutz Gröll

Addresses: BMW Group Research and Technology, Hanauer Strasse 46, 80992 Munich, Germany ' BMW Group Research and Technology, Hanauer Strasse 46, 80992 Munich, Germany ' Institute for Applied Computer Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Abstract: This paper describes a power-slide control strategy for rear-wheel driven sports cars capable of tracking a course angle reference signal while stabilising large sliding angles of the vehicle. Owing to small slip angles at the front wheels compared to the ones at the sliding rear wheels and the precise yaw rate measurement, a fairly simple control strategy can be proposed. It assigns the course angle tracking to the electric power steering. The remaining yaw motion is regulated by a first-order sliding-mode throttle controller, so that the vehicle drifts steadily at a given slip angle. The main advantage of the proposed algorithm is that mainly geometric vehicle parameters and only the measurements of the standard stock sensors are required. The performance is demonstrated on a drive-by-wire capable series production car.

Keywords: autonomous drifting; advanced driver assistance systems; shared vehicle guidance; vehicle dynamics; physical limits; feedback linearisation; sliding mode control; SMC; robust control; power-slide control; rear-wheel drive; sports cars; yaw rate; course angle tracking; electric power steering; throttle control; vehicle drift.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVAS.2015.070727

International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, 2015 Vol.13 No.1, pp.27 - 42

Received: 14 Aug 2014
Accepted: 12 Feb 2015

Published online: 21 Jul 2015 *

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