2013 Volume 6 Issue 5 Pages 299-308
This paper presents an ecological vehicle synchronized driving control system that aims at reducing overall fuel consumption of the vehicles in a group. A centralized system for controlling the vehicles in a group has been developed using the model predictive control method considering vehicle-aerodynamics and the resistance due to road slopes. The ecological synchronized driving system is simulated on a typical road with up-down slopes for high speed driving. Its fuel saving performance is compared with a conventional vehicle following system. Computer simulation results reveal a significant improvement in fuel economy using the proposed ecological synchronized driving control system.