Decentralized spacing control of a string of multiple vehicles over lossy datalinks

Rodney Teo, Dušan M. Stipanović, Claire J. Tomlin

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In spacing control of multiple vehicles as in aircraft, spacecraft formation flying and highway vehicle platooning, previous research has shown that the lead vehicle's state is required by all following vehicles in order to achieve leader-to-formation stability. Following vehicles can estimate the lead vehicle's state during losses by assuming that the lead vehicle maintains its speed. In this paper, it is determined that, for bursty links, leader-to-formation stability can be retained if the lead vehicle indeed maintains its speed and if not, the spacing error will not exceed some bound which is some finite factor of the peak value of the lead vehicle's acceleration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5299232
Pages (from-to)469-473
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2010


  • Communication loss
  • Decentralized control
  • Leader-to-formation stability
  • Multiple vehicles
  • Spacing control
  • String stability
  • Wireless datalink

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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