Vehicle stability control systems have been receiving increasing attention, especially over the past decade, owing to the advances in on-board electronics that enables successful implementation of complex algorithms. Another major reason for their increasing popularity lies in their effectiveness. Considering the studies that expose supporting results for reducing crash risk or fatality, organizations such as E.U. and NHTSA are taking steps to mandate the use of such safety systems on vehicles. The current technology has advanced in many aspects, and undoubtedly has improved vehicle stability as mentioned above; however there are still many areas of potential improvements. Especially being able to utilize information about tire-vehicle states (tire forces, tire-slip angle, and tire-road friction) would be significant due to the key role tires play in providing directional stability and control. This paper presents an adaptive vehicle stability controller that makes use of tire force and slip-angle information from an online tire monitoring system. Solving the optimality problem for the tire force allocation ensures that the control system does not push the tires into the saturation region where neither the driver nor the controller commands are implemented properly. The proposed control algorithm is implemented using MATLAB/CarSim® software packages. The performance of the system is evaluated under an evasive double lane change maneuver on high and low friction surfaces. The results indicate that the system can successfully stabilize the vehicle as well as adapting to the changes in surface conditions.

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