This paper presents the vehicle stability improvement by active front steering (AFS) control. Firstly, a mathematical model of the steering system incorporating vehicle dynamics is analyzed based on the structure of the AFS system. Then feedback controller with linear quadratic regulator (LQR) optimization is proposed. In the controller, the assisted motor in the system is controlled by the combination of feedforward method and feedback method. And the feedback parameter is the yaw rate together with the sideslip angle. Due to the difficulties associated with the sideslip angle measurement of vehicle, a state observer is designed to provide real time estimation to meet the demands of feedback. In the last, the system is simulated in MATLAB. The results show that the vehicle handling stability is improved with the AFS control, and the effectiveness of the control system is demonstrated.

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