Applying Quarter-Vehicle Model Simulation for Road Elevation Measurements Utilizing the Vehicle Level Sensor

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In the past years, automated driving has become one of the most important research fields in the automotive industry. A key component for a successful substitution of human driving by vehicles is a real-time model of the current environment including the traffic situation, the guide-way, and the road itself. Although, most of the information for the environment model are provided via in-vehicle generated data based on camera, LIDAR, and RADAR sensors, we propose a solution of classifying road quality within the spring-damper system of the vehicle. In this paper, we utilize the Vehicle Level Sensor (VLS), which is a standard component in modern vehicles, for road condition assessment. We present a simulation of the Quarter Vehicle Model (QVM) for road elevation measurement to enable each connected vehicle to provide valid data for a potential crowd sensing approach where every vehicle contributes data for past and consumes data for upcoming segments. The generated data is capable of providing the environment model with real-time data of upcoming road segments. The simulation results are validated on a test bench including a review of the errors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE 92nd Vehicular Technology Conference : Proceedings
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationCanada
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication date01.11.2020
Article number9348664
ISBN (Electronic)978-172819484-4, 978-1-7281-9485-1
Publication statusPublished - 01.11.2020
Event92nd IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference - VTC 2020: Intelligent Mobile Connections - Virtual, Victoria, Canada
Duration: 04.10.202007.10.2020
Conference number: 92