Preface to Second Edition

Preface to Second Edition

Preface to Second Edition Five years have passed since the first edition was published. During this period, more and more requirements of understandin...

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Preface to Second Edition Five years have passed since the first edition was published. During this period, more and more requirements of understanding the fundamental knowledge of vehicle handling dynamics arise especially for the application to research and development of vehicle active motion controls aiming at vehicle agility and active safety. In view of the situation, the publication of the second edition was pursued in order to make the first edition a still more solid one. The Chapters 1–8 in the first edition are revised for the second edition by putting the additional parts with correcting existing errors and careless-misses. As a fundamental knowledge of the active vehicle motion control, a description on active front wheel steer controls and an additional note on DYC (Direct Yaw-moment Control) are added in the Chapter 8 and also the new Chapter 9 is provided for the second edition. The Chapter 9 deals with all wheel independent control for full drive-by-wire electric vehicles which is a very updated issue of vehicle dynamics and control for the vehicles of new era. The previous Chapters 9 and 10 in the first edition are also revised for the Chapters 10 and 11 respectively in the second edition, in which driver-vehicle system behaviors and driver’s evaluation of handling qualities are dealt with. The new Chapter 12 is for dealing with a very classical issue which has not been solved yet generally and theoretically in the field of the vehicle handling dynamics. The point is handling quality evaluation and its contribution to the vehicle design for fun-to-drive. The Chapter 12 is a challenge to a fundamental and theoretical approach to this area. The author thanks the editorial and production staffs of Elsevier Science & Technology Books for their efforts for the publication of the second edition. Finally the author’s old friend, Professor Dave Crolla, who consistently gave us useful suggestions and advices from the beginning to the final stage of the publication of the first edition, regrettably died on 4th September, 2011. The author would like to dedicate this book to the memory of David Anthony Crolla. Masato Abe November 2014

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