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Published July 1994 | Published
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Experiments in exponential stabilization of a mobile robot towing a trailer


Applies some previously developed control laws for stabilization of mechanical systems with non-holonomic constraints to an experimental system consisting of a mobile robot towing a trailer. The authors verify the applicability of various control laws which have appeared in the recent literature, and compare the performance of these controllers in an experimental setting. In particular, the authors show that time-periodic, non-smooth controllers can be used to achieve exponential stability of a desired equilibrium configuration, and that these controllers outperform smooth, time-varying control laws. The authors also point out several practical considerations which must be taken into account when implementing these controllers.

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