In one embodiment, a request is received to turn the autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) from a first direction to a second direction. In response to the request, a number of segment masses of a number of segments of the ADV are determined. The segment masses are located on a plurality of predetermined locations within a vehicle platform of the ADV. A location of a mass center for an entire ADV is calculated based on the segment masses of the segments of the ADV, where the mass center represents a center of an entire mass of the entire ADV. A steering control command based on the location of the mass center of the entire ADV for steering control of the ADV.