MATLAB Examples

Adaptive Cruise Control System Using Model Predictive Control

This example shows how to use the docid:mpc_ref#mw_b6137087-34df-4886-a19f-85d7b7612bbf block in Simulink® and demonstrates the control objectives and constraints of this block.


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Adaptive Cruise Control System

A vehicle (ego car) equipped with adaptive cruise control (ACC) has a sensor, such as radar, that measures the distance to the preceding vehicle in the same lane (lead car), $D_{rel}$, as well as the relative velocity of the lead car, $V_{rel}$. The ACC system operates in the following two modes:

  • Speed control - The ego car travels at a driver-set speed.
  • Spacing control - The ego car maintains a safe distance from the lead car.

The ACC system decides which mode to use based on real-time radar measurements. For example, if the lead car is too close, the ACC system switches from speed control to spacing control. Similarly, if the lead car is further away, the ACC system switches from spacing control to speed control. In other words, the ACC system makes the ego car travel at a driver-set speed as long as it maintains a safe distance.

The following rules are used to determine the ACC system operating mode:

  • If $D_{rel} \geq D_{safe}$, then speed control mode is active. The control goal is to track the driver-set velocity, $V_{set}$.
  • If $D_{rel} < D_{safe}$, then spacing control mode is active. The control goal is to maintain the safe distance, $D_{safe}$.

Simulink Model for Lead Car and Ego Car

The dynamics for lead car and ego car are modeled in Simulink. Open the Simulink model.

mdl = 'mpcACCsystem';

To approximate a realistic driving environment, the acceleration of the lead car varies according to a sine wave during the simulation. The Adaptive Cruise Control System block outputs an acceleration control signal for the ego car.

Define the sample time, Ts, and simulation duration, T, in seconds.

Ts = 0.1;
T = 80;

For both the ego vehicle and the lead vehicle, the dynamics between acceleration and velocity are modeled as:

$$ G = \frac{1}{s(0.5s+1)} $$

which approximates the dynamics of the throttle body and vehicle inertia.

Specify the linear model for ego car.

G_ego = tf(1,[0.5,1,0]);

Specify the initial position and velocity for the two vehicles.

x0_lead = 50;   % initial position for lead car (m)
v0_lead = 25;   % initial velocity for lead car (m/s)

x0_ego = 10;   % initial position for ego car (m)
v0_ego = 20;   % initial velocity for ego car (m/s)

Configuration of Adaptive Cruise Control System Block

The ACC system is modeled using the Adaptive Cruise Control System Block in Simulink. The inputs to the ACC system block are:

  • Driver-set velocity $V_{set}$
  • Time gap $T_{gap}$
  • Velocity of the ego car $V_{ego}$
  • Relative distance to the lead car $D_{rel}$ (from radar)
  • Relative velocity to the lead car $V_{rel}$ (from radar)

The output for the ACC system is the acceleration of the ego car.

The safe distance between the lead car and the ego car is a function of the ego car velocity, $V_{ego}$:

$$ D_{safe} = D_{default} + T_{gap}\times V_{ego} $$

where $D_{default}$ is the standstill default spacing and $T_{gap}$ is the time gap between the vehicles. Specify values for $D_{default}$, in meters, and $T_{gap}$, in seconds.

t_gap = 1.4;
D_default = 10;

Specify the driver-set velocity in m/s.

v_set = 30;

Considering the physical limitations of the vehicle dynamics, the acceleration is constrained to the range [-3,2] (m/s^2).

amin_ego = -3;
amax_ego = 2;

For this example, the default parameters of the Adaptive Cruise Control System block match the simulation parameters. If your simulation parameters differ from the default values, then update the block parameters accordingly.

Simulation Analysis

Run the simulation.

-->Converting model to discrete time.
-->Assuming output disturbance added to measured output channel #2 is integrated white noise.
   Assuming no disturbance added to measured output channel #1.
-->The "Model.Noise" property of the "mpc" object is empty. Assuming white noise on each measured output channel.

Plot the simulation result.


In the first 3 seconds, to reach the driver-set velocity, the ego car accelerates at full throttle.

From 3 to 13 seconds, the lead car accelerates slowly. As a result, to maintain a safe distance to the lead car, the ego car accelerates with a slower rate.

From 13 to 25 seconds, the ego car maintains the driver-set velocity, as shown in the Velocity plot. However, as the lead car reduces speed, the spacing error starts approaching 0 after 20 seconds.

From 25 to 45 seconds, the lead car slows down and then accelerates again. The ego car maintains a safe distance from the lead car by adjusting its speed, as shown in the Distance plots.

From 45 to 56 seconds, the spacing error is above 0. Therefore, the ego car achieves the driver-set velocity again.

From 56 to 76 seconds, the deceleration/acceleration sequence from the 25 to 45 second interval is repeated.

Throughout the simulation, the controller ensures that the actual distance between the two vehicles is greater than the set safe distance. When the actual distance is sufficiently large, then the controller ensures that the ego vehicle follows the driver-set velocity.

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