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Safety and control of autonomous vehicles

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Competitive project
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193.600,00 €
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autonomous vehicles, control tolerante, diagnosis, diagnóstico, fault-tolerant control, mantenimiento predictivo, predictive maintenance, prognosis, pronóstico, resilience, resiliencia, safety, seguridad, vehículos autónomos
Safety in the control and operation of autonomous vehicles is a key issue for allowing the real implementation and to falicitate the social
acceptance. This requires a multidisciplinary research work that should allow that the autonomous vehicles include diagnosis and faulttolerant
mecahisms, resilience in the operation using control and dynamic planning strategies according to the changing environment.
Finally, the autonomous vehicles should be able to operate with conventional vehicles guaranteeing the safe driving in non-structured
The project not only aims to gurantee that the autonomous vehicles work perfectly, that it is already a challenging task, but also guarantee
their safe operation with the environment allowing the introduction of autonomous vehicles fleets that let the human out of the control loop.
To achieve this goal, there are an important number of technical and social aspects to overcome. In this research project, the following
particular objectives will be addressed:
- To establish a general methodology for including mechanisms that allow the "safe control" of autnomous vehicles.
- To develop control and dynamic trajectory planning algorithms that allow the autonomous vehicle operation in changing environments.
- To develop techniques for the sensor data validation, reconstruction and fusion that guarantee the quality of the information and that can
be used in reliable and safe way by the vehicle control algorithms.
- To develop algorithms for fault diagnosis and prognosis as well as for the design resilient mechanisms that can work in a complementary
way with the health-aware control strategies that can guarantee the safe operation of the vehicles in a faulty situation or preserving the
vehicle health.
- Application of the developed algorithms in challenging autonomous applications (automomous cars, mobile robots and UAVs) in real
operation scenarios that can be used for scientific and technological demonstrators and allow to clearly show the technical and economical
advantages of the new concepts around the safe control of autonomous vehicles.
The applicant group has strong expertise in the model-based fault diagnosis, prognosis and fault tolerant control research fields, and in the
proposed application areas.
The goal of this project addresses "Reto 8: Seguridad, Protección y Defensa" and in particular, is in line with the scientific-technical
priorities I, III and IV" that aims to develop innovative control solutions to increase the safety and security in the operation of critical
infrastructures and complex systems.
Adm. Estat
Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016
Call year
Funcding program
Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad
Funding call
Retos de Investigación: Proyectos de I+D+i
Grant institution
Agencia Estatal De Investigacion


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