Cooperative adaptive cruise control : a learning approach

Authors: Desjardins, Charles
Advisor: Chaib-draa, Brahim
Abstract: The impressive growth, in the past decades, of the number of vehicles on the road has not come without its share of negative impacts on society. Even though vehicles play an active role in the economical development of urban regions around the world, they unfortunately also have negative effects on businesses as the poor efficiency of the traffic ow results in important losses in productivity each day. Moreover, numerous concerns have been raised in relation to the safety of passengers, as automotive transportation is still among the first causes of accidental casualties in developed countries. In recent years, environmental issues have also been taking more and more place in the mind of customers, that now demand energy-efficient vehicles that limit the impacts on the environment. Of course, both the governments of industrialized countries and the vehicle manufacturers have been aware of these problems, and have been trying to develop technologies in order to solve these issues. Among these research efforts, the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) has been gathering much interest as of late, as it is considered an efficient approach to tackle these problems. ITS propose to integrate advanced electronic systems in the development of intelligent solutions designed to address the current issues of automotive transportation. This thesis focuses on a sub-field ITS since it studies the resolution of these problems through the development of Intelligent Vehicle (IV) systems. In particular, this thesis proposes a relatively novel approach for the design of such systems, based on modern machine learning. More specifically, it shows how reinforcement learning techniques can be used in order to obtain an autonomous vehicle controller for longitudinal vehiclefollowing behavior. Even if these efforts are still at a preliminary stage, this thesis illustrates the potential of using these approaches for future development of \intelligent" vehicles.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2009
Open Access Date: 16 April 2018
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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