Connected cruise control for a platoon of human-operated and autonomous vehicles using adaptive dynamic programming

Mengzhe Huang, Weinan Gao, Zhong Ping Jiang

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Cooperative driving with V2V communication is under extensive investigation, because of its potential to increase the safety, reliability, connectivity, and autonomy of transportation systems. This paper studies the problem of connected cruise control (CCC) for a platoon of human-driven and autonomous vehicles. Motional data, such as distance and velocity information, are transmitted by vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication between connected vehicles. Taking into account the communication latency and unpredictable behavior in the leading vehicle, we formulate the CCC problem as an adaptive optimal control problem with input delay and disturbance. A novel data-driven control solution is proposed for the vehicle platoon, which guarantees that each vehicle can achieve safe distance and desired common velocity. Incorporating adaptive dynamic programming technique with sampled-data system theory, a data-driven adaptive optimal controller is learned from sampled data, without the knowledge of the human or vehicle dynamics of the platooning vehicles. Stability and robustness analyses are provided by means of input-to-state stability theory. Numerical results confirm the efficacy of our method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2017
EditorsTao Liu, Qianchuan Zhao
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789881563934
StatePublished - Sep 7 2017
Event36th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2017 - Dalian, China
Duration: Jul 26 2017Jul 28 2017

Publication series

NameChinese Control Conference, CCC
ISSN (Print)1934-1768
ISSN (Electronic)2161-2927


Other36th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2017


  • Adaptive dynamic programming (ADP)
  • Connected vehicles
  • Delayed feedback

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation


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