Preliminary Results on Correct-by-Construction Control Software Synthesis for Adaptive Cruise Control

P. Nilsson, O. Hussien, Y. Chen, A. Balkan, M. Rungger, A. Ames, J. Grizzle, N. Ozay, H. Peng, and P. Tabuada
Proc. 53rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2014

A plethora of driver convenience and safety automation systems are being introduced into production vehicles, such as electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping, and obstacle avoidance. Assuring the seamless and safe integration of each new automation function with existing control functions is a major challenge for vehicle manufacturers. This challenge is compounded by having different suppliers providing software modules for different control functionalities. In this paper, we report on our preliminary steps to address this problem through a fresh perspective combining formal methods, control theory, and correct-by-construction software synthesis. In particular, we begin the process of synthesizing the control software module for adaptive cruise control from formal specifications given in Linear Temporal Logic. In the longer run, we will endow each interacting software module with an assume-guarantee specification stating under which environment assumptions the module is guaranteed to meet its specifications. These assume-guarantee specifications will then be used to formally prove correctness of the cyber-physical system obtained when the integrated modules interact with the physical dynamics.