Estimation of Bicycle Tire Contact Patch Forces Using Simple Sensors

Free body diagram of bicycle tire forces. AndrewDressel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The force between a bicycle tire and the road is difficult to measure and predict. If we were able to accurately estimate these forces in real-time from simple inexpensive sensors, such as inertial measurement units, we could use these force estimates to drastically improve traction control systems for robotically augmented bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. The challenge of this project is to develop a computational method that accurately estimates the tire forces (magnitude and direction) at each wheels' contact patch using a minimal set of inexpensive and unobtrusive sensors. A solution is likely to involve an inverse dynamics model of a bicycle, signal processing, filtering and estimation, experimental validation, and/or (physics informed) machine learning.

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