Use of State Observers in the Optimal Feedback Control of Automated Transit Vehicles

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W. L. Garrard

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and Center for Control Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.

A. L. Kornhauser

Department of Civil Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N. J.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 95(2), 220-227 (Jun 01, 1973) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426685 History: Received February 20, 1973; Online July 13, 2010


The theory of optimal control and the theory of observers is applied to the design of feedback systems for longitudinal control of vehicles in automated, high-capacity transit systems. The resulting controllers require only measurement of position and velocity errors and excellent dynamic response is achieved for mainline operation, for merging and demerging from stations, for maneuvering at intersections, and for emergency stopping.

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