Analysis of driver's steering and speed control strategies in curve negotiation.
Keywords: 
Dynamic behaviour.
Driver-vehicle system.
Issue Date: 
2000
Publisher: 
TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD.
ISSN: 
0042-3114
Citation: 
Savkoor, A. R., & Ausejo, S. (2000). Analysis of driver's steering and speed control strategies in curve negotiation. Vehicle System Dynamics, 33(sup1), 94-109.
Abstract
The paper discusses some of the common speed and steering control strategies of drivers for negotiating curved roads under normal, obstacle-free driving conditions. An analysis is given of the dynamic behaviour of the driver-vehicle system for two typical strategies. A driver model is developed to take into account the application of steering and speed control before approaching a curve and during driving on curved roads, The driver's anticipatory speed-control is based on the desired lateral acceleration and estimated maximum curvature of the road ahead. The well-known two-level model is adapted for describing the steering activity of the driver. The primary control of steering is anticipatory tracking of the road-curvature previewed at a look-ahead distance. It is assumed that the driver's mental model for anticipatory steering is based on a simple, linear and non-adaptive vehicle model assuming a vehicle driving with constant forward speed. A non-linear model with variable forward speed represents the actual vehicle. When both steering input and speed control using brake/throttle are applied simultaneously the driver's anticipatory steering estimate leads to tracking errors. The driver's compensatory steering input for reducing tracking errors uses feedback of error in lateral displacement at a near-field viewpoint of the driver. The results of analysis of the driver-vehicle system demonstrate the significant influence of the driver's internal model and control strategies on the overall performance of the driver-vehicle system.

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