In advanced vehicle stability control systems, the availability of online estimates of the vehicle attitude is essential. In four-wheeled vehicles, attitude information is deeply linked to vehicle sideslip angle and sideslip rate, since these variables are strictly related to instability phenomena, safety and handling performances. As direct measurements of such quantities cannot be performed with standard sensors equipment, the design of robust and efficient estimators is needed. In this paper, we tackle the problem by proposing a sideslip rate observer and by demonstrating how an existing sideslip estimation algorithm can be made robust and reliable by online compensation of the sensors bias via a recursive identification approach. The proposed method does not require any additional sensor, making the final solution suitable for industrial applications. Experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the sensors offset compensation and witness satisfactory results of the overall vehicle attitude estimation scheme.

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