Impact of radio channel characteristics on the longitudinal behaviour of truck platoons in critical car-following situations

Salil Sharma*, Ehab Al-Khannaq, Raphael Riebl, Wouter Schakel, Peter Knoppers, Alexander Verbraeck, Hans van Lint

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Truck platooning is an application of cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC) which relies on vehicle-to-vehicle communications facilitated by vehicle ad-hoc networks. Communication uncertainties can affect the performance of a CACC controller. Previous research has not considered the full spectrum of possible car-following scenarios needed to understand how the longitudinal behaviour of truck platoons would be affected by changes in the communication network. In this paper, we investigate the impact of radio channel parameters on the string stability and collision avoidance capabilities of a CACC controller governing the longitudinal behaviour of truck platoons in a majority of critical car-following situations. We develop and use a novel, sophisticated and open-source VANET simulator OTS-Artery, which brings microscopic traffic simulation, network simulation, and psychological concepts in a single environment, for our investigations. Our results indicate that string stability and safety of truck platoons are mostly affected in car-following situations where truck platoons accelerate from the standstill to the maximum speed and decelerate from the maximum speed down to the standstill. The findings suggest that string stability can be improved by increasing transmission power and lowering receiver sensitivity. However, the safety of truck platoons seems to be sensitive to the choice of the path loos model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference on Networked Systems 2021 (NetSys 2021)
EditorsAndreas Blenk, Mathias Fischer, Stefan Fischer, Horst Hellbrück, Oliver Hohlfeld, Andreas Kassler, Koojana Kuladinithi, Winfried Lamersdorf, Olaf Landsiedel, Andreas Timm-Giel, Alexey Vinel
PublisherEuropean Association of Software Science and Technology (EASST)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)1863-2122
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Conference on Networked Systems - Virtual event
Duration: 13 Sept 202116 Sept 2021

Publication series

NameElectronic Communications of the EASST
PublisherEuropean Association of Software Science and Technology
ISSN (Electronic)1863-2122


ConferenceThe Conference on Networked Systems
Abbreviated titleNetSys 2021
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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • cooperative adaptive cruise control
  • radio channel
  • Truck platoons
  • V2V


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