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Journal Article

Obtaining Desired Vehicle Dynamics Characteristics with Independently Controlled In-Wheel Motors: State of Art Review

Abstract In recent times, electric vehicles (EV) are gaining a lot of attention as they run clean and are environment friendly. Recent advances in the applications of integrating control systems in automotive vehicles have made it practicable to accomplish improvement in vehicle's longitudinal and lateral dynamics. This paper deals with a brief overview of current state of art vehicle technologies like direct yaw moment control, traction control and side slip control of EV. There are various controller algorithms available in literature with different torque vectoring strategies. As EV can be precisely controlled because of quick in hub wheel motor response times, therefore various torque vectoring strategies can be comfortably used for enhancing vehicle dynamics. Moreover, by using four independent in-wheel motors, several types of motion controls can be performed.
Journal Article

Development of an Intelligent Transport System for EV

Abstract Japan is suffering from the problem of an ageing society. In Kitakyushu city more than a quarter of people are aged above 65 years. The roads in this region are narrow with steep gradient and vulnerable roadbed. A big ratio of elderly people are living on their own. These characteristics make driving unsuitable. The problem is magnified by infrequent public transportation. A need-assessment survey for an autonomous vehicle at a community event suggested the applicability of small electric vehicle Toyota COMS. The vehicle is then equipped with features like automatic driving and platooning. The autonomous drive system is built to develop an intelligent transport system (ITS) using various sensors and actuators. Stereo camera and ultrasonic sensors were used to get a judgment of obstacle. Google earth and GPS were used to generate the target path using the Bezier curve method and optimized route is chosen.
Technical Paper

Improving Handling Performance of an Electric Vehicle Using Model Predictive Control

Abstract Electric vehicles (EVs) have been gaining a lot of focus and attention as they run clean and are environment friendly. EVs use in-hub motors, which can be independently controlled, improving this way the maneuverability and allowing augmented control actions. This paper discusses the development of a Model Predictive Controller (MPC) to improve vehicle handling characteristics. Wheel torques are independently controlled using direct yaw moment and side slip control method to pro-actively improve vehicle handling. At high values of side slip the steering is no more capable of generating yaw moment and vehicle becomes laterally unstable. By unequal torque distribution a restoring yaw moment is generated and vehicle stability is ensured. The MPC computes the optimal couple traction/braking torque of the four in-wheel motors, from basic driving slogans, which are, steering angle and desired speed.