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Optimal traction control of an autonomous vehicle

Master Project/Master Thesis (Ref.Nr. E_079)


Vehicle traction control is a topic that has been researched for many years, but still attracts a lot of attention. This problem becomes very interesting from a control engineer’s perspective, when a vehicle is overactuated, and when additional criteria should be minimized. This project deals with traction control of an autonomous vehicle with an independent propulsion e-motor on each wheel. The student task in this project is to develop a functional control system for a vehicle, driving on planned trajectory. The control system should allocate traction forces onto the individual wheel, necessary to achieve planned motion. The control system should be capable of emulating different vehicle architectures (such as, FWD, RWD, AWD). This should be done by controlling individual motors to compensate friction or/and emulate mechanical coupling (haptic).

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Setting up a 1:10 scale model vehicle with four electric drive motors
  • System modeling and identification
  • Developing a control system for controlling four propulsion motors for achieving planned motion with least energy used
  • Implementation on real-time computational unit

What we expect:

  • Study field: Telematics, Electrical Eng., Mathematics, Automotive, Technical Informatics, etc.
  • Knowledge of C++, Matlab or ROS
  • Solid background in control theory
  • Interest in work with electronics and hardware
  • Enthusiasm and engagement
  • Good command of English

What we offer:

  • Technical support in the field of automotive controls, electronics, motion control, autonomous driving
  • Work with state-of-the art technology on a hardware prototype.
  • Work in a committed, dynamic team
  • Financial remuneration

Infos via pdf format

For questions about the topic contact:
Zlatan Ajanovi? –

For more information please contact:
Mag. Raphaela Haring
Tel.: +43-(0)316-873-9613