Hitchhiking Robots: A Collaborative Approach for Efficient Multi-Robot Navigation in Indoor Environments

  title={Hitchhiking Robots: A Collaborative Approach for Efficient Multi-Robot Navigation in Indoor Environments},
  author={Abhijeet A. Ravankar and Ankit A. Ravankar and Yukinori Kobayashi and Takanori Emaru},
  journal={Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)},
Hitchhiking is a means of transportation gained by asking other people for a (free) ride. We developed a multi-robot system which is the first of its kind to incorporate hitchhiking in robotics, and discuss its advantages. Our method allows the hitchhiker robot to skip redundant computations in navigation like path planning, localization, obstacle avoidance, and map update by completely relying on the driver robot. This allows the hitchhiker robot, which performs only visual servoing, to save… 

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