A predictive control framework for torque-based steering assistance to improve safety in highway driving

Ercan Z. , CARVALHO A., Tseng H. E. , Gökaşan M. , BORRELLİ F.

VEHICLE SYSTEM DYNAMICS, vol.56, no.5, pp.810-831, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00423114.2017.1337915
  • Title of Journal : VEHICLE SYSTEM DYNAMICS
  • Page Numbers: pp.810-831


Haptic shared control framework opens up new perspectives on the design and implementation of the driver steering assistance systems which provide torque feedback to the driver in order to improve safety. While designing such a system, it is important to account for the human-machine interactions since the driver feels the feedback torque through the hand wheel. The controller should consider the driver's impact on the steering dynamics to achieve a better performance in terms of driver's acceptance and comfort. In this paper we present a predictive control framework which uses a model of driver-in-the-loop steering dynamics to optimise the torque intervention with respect to the driver's neuromuscular response. We first validate the system in simulations to compare the performance of the controller in nominal and model mismatch cases. Then we implement the controller in a test vehicle and perform experiments with a human driver. The results show the effectiveness of the proposed system in avoiding hazardous situations under different driver behaviours.