Special Issue "Sensors for Autonomous Road Vehicles"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016).
Interests: intelligent transport systems; advanced driver assistance systems; vehicle positioning; inertial sensors; digital maps; vehicle dynamics; driver monitoring; perception, autonomous vehicles; cooperative services; connected and autonomous driving
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The relevance of autonomous road vehicles has increased in recent years and several research groups and companies are interested in the topic. Vehicle and vehicle components’ manufactures are working on new developments that improve the performance of such autonomous systems in order to improve safety, comfort and the efficiency of road transport.
When talking about autonomous vehicles, hardware and software developments could be distinguished as follows.
In the first group, different solutions can be implemented for automation of the pedals, the steering wheel and the shifter/gear box depending on the final requirements and the vehicle specifications. Furthermore, the vehicle surroundings’ surveillance is a key factor for successful and safe automatic implementations. In this regard, when autonomous systems increase in complexity, it is crucial to have a clear, complete and accurate vision of the obstacles around the vehicle in order to define free areas to which the vehicle movement would be safe. This surroundings representation involves advanced perception systems and sensor fusion algorithms. In other cases, guidance is carried out using satellite positioning, following lines, etc., and these sensors involve specifications in order to guarantee a stable vehicle behavior.
In the second group, based on the information retrieved by the sensors, the control unit should decide which action on the actuators should be performed. The earliest systems involved only simple actions, such as speed maintenance, but novel systems include also evasive maneuvers or complete driving automation. Specifications for such cases have increased significantly.
It is also necessary to take the role played by the driver into account, mainly when only partial automation is considered or changes between manual and automatic control happen during a trip.
Similarly, due to the rapid developments of these systems, field operational tests are being performed all over the world. In these tests, problems and lessons learned can provide useful information for future implementations.
Finally, studies of the state-of-the-art in relation to autonomous road vehicles, and the sensors and actuators used are also welcome.
In conclusion, the aim of this Special Issue is to bring together innovative developments in areas related to sensors and actuators applied to autonomous road vehicles, including, but not limited to:
- Autonomous vehicles
- Automatization of speed
- Automatization of steering wheel
- Full automation
- Partial automation
- Vehicle surroundings surveillance
- Sensor fusion techniques for autonomous systems
- Interaction of autonomous systems and driver
- Decision algorithms for autonomous actions
- Cooperation between autonomous vehicles and infrastructure
- New assistance systems based on automation
- Sensors requirements for autonomous road vehicles
- State-of-the-art review of sensors for autonomous road vehicles
- Field operational tests of autonomous vehicles
- Special applications of vehicle automation
Authors are invited to contact the guest editor prior to submission if they are uncertain whether their work falls within the general scope of this Special Issue.
Dr. Felipe Jimenez
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- Autonomous vehicles
- Road vehicles
- Vehicle surroundings surveillance
- Driver assistance systems
- Sensor fusion