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Thesis Work - Trajectory planning for Autonomous driving

Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 



Do you want to create the future with us? 

The future belongs to those who are empowered by a great idea and with ability to carry it out.   

At Volvo Cars we are redefining the automotive experience and are innovating to make people’s lives less complicated. Freedom to move in a safe, personal and sustainable way! This is our purpose.  


What do we offer? 

Volvo Cars is on an ambitious journey to re-define the experience related to car usage and ownership. Combining technologies and innovative services, we are committed to offer the most personal, safe and sustainable solutions in mobility.


‘We provide you freedom to move in the most desired way and protect what is important for you through leading AD/ADAS functionality’. This is the purpose for our teams and our department in Safe Vehicle Automation. It motivates us and creates a feeling that we become stronger in this journey when working together taking us all the way to Zero Collisions


We can see that Autonomous driving (AD) has the potential to fundamentally change how cars are used and thus have a strong impact on the society. We like to think that you are also attracted by this and want to be part of the exiting challenges. We are looking for a Master thesis student that would like to take on a project in Trajectory planning algorithm development considering the ride comfort for Autonomous Driving (AD)


Background and project description

Recent studies highlighted the gap in trajectory planning for ride comfort in autonomous driving. The driving style of autonomous cars can be subjectively aggressive that might cause unexpected head and body motions which increase the possibility of discomfort. To provide a pleasant journey, more smooth driving characteristics would be selected for Autonomous Driving. However, reduced vehicle speed and acceleration for maximising comfort feeling has a negative effect on journey time. The aim of the research is to investigate & design advanced trajectory planning techniques and algorithms (optimization-based advance control techniques) in Matlab/Simulink and tune them under defined test conditions considering the currently available comfort metrics to achieve low discomfort.   

The thesis project is linked to extensive research in Motion sickness and will be supervised by our expert and PhD student.


Do you fit the profile

We are looking for Master’s degree students in Control and Mechatronics Engineering. You need to have skills in Matlab/Simulink, optimization-based advance control techniques, vehicle dynamics modelling and control, control theory algorithm development and vehicle application, experience in IPG carmaker. We expect you to be working from our offices in Gothenburg and to collaborate with a parallel thesis work in Methods and optimal estimation algorithms development of motion comfort for Autonomous Driving (AD). Remote working can be discussedz.


  • Academic credits: equivalent to 30 ECTS
  • Starting date: February 2022, to be discussed.
  • Estimated end date: June 2022
  • The duration for this thesis work is 20 weeks.
  • This thesis is to be conducted by 2 Students working in pair.

How to learn more and apply
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your CV and personal letter stating your interests within the given area and your thoughts and credentials.


 Apply as soon as possible but no later than 2022-01-21.
 Please note that applications via email will not be accepted due to GDPR.

If you have any additional questions regarding the position, you are welcome to contact:
Supervisor, Ilhan Yunus,
ilhan.yunus@volvocars.com  +46734637344


Who are we?

Everything we do starts with people. Our purpose is to provide freedom to move, in a personal, sustainable and safe way. We are committed to simplifying our customers’ lives by offering better technology solutions that improve their impact on the world and bringing the most advanced mobility innovations to protect them, their loved ones and the people around them. 

Volvo Cars’ continued success is the result of a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive working environment. The people of Volvo Cars are committed to making a difference in our world. Today, we are one of the most well-known and respected car brands, with over 40,000 employees across the globe. We believe in bringing out the best in each other and harnessing the true power of people. At Volvo Cars your career is designed around your talents and aspirations so you can reach your full potential. Join us on a journey of a lifetime as we create safety, autonomous driving and electrification technologies of tomorrow.

Gothenburg, Sweden

Job requisition ID:  56715

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