Publication

Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS)
2017

IMPROVING THE FUEL ECONOMY OF CLASS 8 MILITARY VEHICLES USING A SMART CRUISE CONTROL ALGORITHM

by Phillip Sharer; Aymeric Rousseau; Dominik Karbowski; Daliang Shen; Scott Heim; Kevin Mark Gonyou; Denise Rizzo; Adam Ragatz; Jeff Gonder; Robert Prohaska; Jae Song

Abstract

Connected and automated vehicles (CAVS) have the potential to improve fuel economy by changing the way vehicles are driven. Fuel economy can be improved through a wide range of technologies, many of which do not require Level 5 automation. One of the most promising technologies is a smart cruise control that uses a speed-matching algorithm to account for fuel economy. Accounting for fuel economy in the algorithm leads to different driving behavior than simply matching the driver-entered set speed. This paper describes how such a smart cruise control could be applied to a class 8 vehicle both in simulation and in the actual vehicle on a closed test track. It evaluates the algorithm and describes the correlation procedure used to calibrate the model using test data from the vehicle.