Patent Number: 6,167,331

Title: Method and system for controlling a plurality of vehicles as a group unit

Abstract: A system and method for controlling a group of vehicles running on a road under vehicle-to-vehicle control where a joining group of vehicles (10) approaching from a branch road (7) is controlled by a system employing a moving target control method applied to only the head vehicle (1) in the joining group (10). Vehicle joining is achieved when a head moving target (21) in a continuous null (not-allocated) group (40) of moving targets on the main road that has an overall length larger than that of the joining vehicle group approaching from the branch road (7) and the head moving target of the null group (40) is synchronized with the head vehicle of the joining group (10).

Inventors: Matsumoto; Shinichi (Mihara, JP), Higashi; Shinichi (Mihara, JP), Saeki; Hiroshi (Mihara, JP), Nakagawa; Yoshirou (Mihara, JP)

Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

International Classification: G08G 1/09 (20060101); G08G 1/07 (20060101); G08G 001/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013