Halmstad University Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge 2011 Technical Paper
Traffic congestion is a large and growing problem in many countries due to an ever increasing number of vehicles. Increasing capacity by simply extending the road infrastructure is in many places impossible due to space and cost limitations. Everyday, people spend countless hours in car queues all over the world. The existing road infrastructure must be better utilized to save time and to reduce energy use. By enabling wireless communication between vehicles (V2V) and between vehicles and infrastructure (V2I) the flow of traffic can be better controlled in order to increase not only efficiency but also safety and comfort. Cooperative platooning is one way to increase efficiency by allowing vehicles to form road trains behind a lead vehicle. The Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge (GCDC) is an attempt to move towards a quicker deployment of cooperative platooning. This extended abstract gives an overview of Halmstad University’s team and its technical and organizational approach in preparing a vehicle for the competition.