Concept for Infrastructure-aided Cooperative Driving

Our approach for Infrastructure-aided Cooperative Driving bases on platooning. We define platooning as spontaneous and dynamic forming of convoys of vehicles, so called platoons. Each vehicle drives within a short distance to the next vehicle. This enables slipstream effects and fuel saving. Vehicles need to be driven autonomously or at least support the driver in holding the distance and keeping the vehicle within the lane boundaries, which reduces the likeliness of accidents. Drivers do not have to control forming of platoons as this is done automatically by the Platooning Coordination System (PCS). It receives information from drivers as their goal or route characteristics (e.g., if they want to go the shortest route, fastest route, or most efficient route) through the V2I interface. This information is used for finding an existing platoon or forming a new one. The PCS sends the information to the involved vehicles. Platooning is controlled by the vehicles via V2V communication. Overtaking of platoons is coordinated with the PCS and with other platoons.

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Project status

First prototypes of the PCS system has been developed. In a joint publication, we implemented a first version of the PCS for coordinating self-driving Mindstorms robots in platoons. Currently, we work on a testbed which integrates the PCS with the Plexe platooning simulator. The video below shows the prototype implemented with LEGO Mindstorms robots. First, it arranges a new platoon with two vehicles. A third vehicle is not joined as it would like to travel faster. Second, overtaking is coordinated. Last, the fourth vehicle has similar parameters as the third one, gets a command for joining the third vehicle, and speeds up for joining.

Team

The team is composed of researchers from the University of Trento and the University of Mannheim.

M.Sc. Christian Krupitzer

M.Sc. Christian Krupitzer

Research assistant at the Chair of Information System II, University of Mannheim, Germany.

B.Sc. Martin Breitbach

B.Sc. Martin Breitbach

Student assistant at the Chair of Information System II, University of Mannheim, Germany.

Prof. Christian Becker

Prof. Christian Becker

Full professor at the Chair of Information System II, University of Mannheim, Germany.

Dr. Michele Segata

Dr. Michele Segata

Post Doc at the Deptartment of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Italy.

Prof. Renato Lo Cigno

Prof. Renato Lo Cigno

Full professor at the Deptartment of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, Italy..

Publications

C. Krupitzer, M. Breitbach, J. Saal, C. Becker, M. Segata, and R. Lo Cigno: RoCoSys: A Framework for Coordination of Mobile IoT Devices. In: Proceedings of the '1st International Workshop on Mobile and Pervasive Internet of Things (PerIoT 2017)' in conjunction with the 'IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2017)', Kona, Big Island, USA, March 2017.

Contact

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Christian Krupitzer.