Method for Poly-Functional Adaptive Traction Control

This invention is a novel adaptive method for controlling traction in a ground vehicle using low-cost sensors. This control strategy was developed with the intention of improving upon the approach that an expert human driver takes when they develop a subjective "feel" for the road. In addition to having higher performance than conventional traction control, the proposed adaptive traction control method also provides real-time estimates of key properties of the tire-ground interface, which can be used for terrain characterization and path planning in autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles.
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