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Hybrid control of a truck and trailer vehicle. (English) Zbl 1044.93533
Tomlin, Claire J. (ed.) et al., Hybrid systems: computation and control. 5th international workshop, HSCC 2002, Stanford, CA, USA, March 25--27, 2002. Proceedings. Berlin: Springer (ISBN 3-540-43321-X). Lect. Notes Comput. Sci. 2289, 21-34 (2002).
Summary: A hybrid control scheme is proposed for the stabilization of backward driving along simple paths for a miniature vehicle composed of a truck and a two-axle trailer. When reversing, the truck and trailer can be modelled as an unstable nonlinear system with state and input saturations. Due to these constraints the system is impossible to globally stabilize with standard smooth control techniques, since some initial states necessarily lead to that the so called jack-knife locks between the truck and the trailer. The proposed hybrid control method, which combines backward and forward motions, provide a global attractor to the desired reference trajectory. The scheme has been implemented and successfully evaluated on a radio-controlled vehicle. Results from experimental trials are reported. For the entire collection see [Zbl 0989.00055].

93C85Automated control systems (robots, etc.)
70Q05Control of mechanical systems (general mechanics)
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