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Through the use of a virtual trailer link model, autonomous vehicle following capabilities have been demonstrated. The principle is based on the modelling of the trailer link, used in the off-hooked trailer system, as a virtual link between the leading and led vehicles. The leader vehicle is modelled as the tractor (towing vehicle) and the follower vehicle(More)
A robust vehicle following system with obstacle avoidance capabilities for operation in natural environments is described in this paper. By combining a novel vehicle-tracking and detection algorithm with our path-planner for autonomous navigation, it was possible for a tracked logistics armoured ambulance carrier to follow a multi purpose vehicle in an(More)
A novel approach for the development of a 3D laser radar (LADAR) system for vehicle guidance is presented. A rotating mirror assembly is used to deflect the beam scan of a 2D laser to obtain the 3/sup rd/ dimension. The mirror assembly is constructed by joining six mirrors to form a hexagon-shaped reflector. By rotating this mirror assembly in front of the(More)
Tele-operated systems allow humans to extend their physical capabilities and enable them to intervene in hazardous operations or where their presence is not possible. However, the operation of such systems over long periods has proved to be difficult and stressful. Consequently, means to facilitate their use are the subject of much study and experimental(More)
This paper presents a new intuitive method for robot tool path teaching in Augmented Reality (AR) environment. Conventional industrial robot teaching method is long known to be either tedious or require a highly accurate virtual representation of robot work cell. Our method targets to provide the user with a fast and easy way of programming an industrial(More)
In this paper, we proposed a robot vehicle following algorithm which can navigate a 10 ton armored personnel carrier to follow a leading vehicle (MPV) in the jungle. This algorithm comprises two components, the first one is a target tracking module which can detect and track the lead vehicle from the measurements of a SICK laser scanner; the second one is a(More)
Fusion of information from multiple sensors can greatly enhance the performance of human-machine interaction, especially in the intuitive robot programming. The methods aim to allow rapid teaching of robotic tasks in a safe and efficient manner. The techniques can reduce the setup time of a robotic system. This is crucial for SMEs (Small and Medium(More)
Vehicle following can be achieved by minimizing the relative information (Kullback-Leibler or K-L distance), between the estimated poses of leader and follower vehicles by formulating the vehicle following system as an optimization problem. The aim is to search for an optimal control action for the follower vehicle in the admissible control command space.(More)
Autonomous Vehicle Following can be achieved if the poses of both the follower and leader vehicles are continuously estimated. This can be achieved by using a Bayesian estimation technique together with a virtual trailer link model. The advantage of such a model is that the follower vehicle will trail a virtual trailer, modeled as an attachment to the(More)
– Through the use of a virtual tractor-trailer link model, vehicle following capabilities have been implemented without the need of communications links between the two vehicles or the installation of special road infrastructure. The principle is based on the modeling of an off-hooked trailer system as a software link between the lead and led vehicles. The(More)