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Control for Cooperative Autonomous Driving Inspired by Bird Flocking Behavior

Lijcklama à Nijeholt, D.J. (2020) Control for Cooperative Autonomous Driving Inspired by Bird Flocking Behavior.

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Abstract:Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine a world without cars. However, the widespread use of cars has several negative implications, such as accidents and greenhouse gas emissions. Recent scientific advances have introduced cooperative autonomous driving (CAD), which could alleviate these issues through danger-anticipation and fuel-efficient driving. However, there is a variety of challenges left before this can be fully implemented. One of these challenges is to develop a set of rules and algorithms to control how cars move. The research in this paper aims to explore the possibility of basing the control process in CAD on bird flocking behavior. A simulation was constructed based on the physical limitations of cars, incorporating the rules governing bird flocking to determine how these cars act. Experiments were conducted using this simulation to analyze the behavior and performance of cars controlled by bird flocking rules. In situations where the three rules are in balance, collision-free behavior is achievable. Furthermore, if appended with a fourth, goal-driven rule, flocks can travel collision-free to specified locations. However, further research is required to determine how this balance can be established without collisions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 55 traffic technology, transport technology
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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