1 January 1987 Ground Vehicle Convoying
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Proceedings Volume 0852, Mobile Robots II; (1987) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.968264
Event: Advances in Intelligent Robotics Systems, 1987, Cambridge, CA, United States
Abstract
Initial investigations into two different approaches for applying autonomous ground vehicle technology to the vehicle convoying application are described. A minimal capability system that would maintain desired speed and vehicle spacing while a human driver provided steering control could improve convoy performance and provide positive control at night and in inclement weather, but would not reduce driver manpower requirements. Such a system could be implemented in a modular and relatively low cost manner. A more capable system would eliminate the human driver in following vehicles and reduce manpower requirements for the transportation of supplies. This technology could also be used to aid in the deployment of teleoperated vehicles in a battlefield environment. The needs, requirements, and several proposed solutions for such an Attachable Robotic Convoy Capability (ARCC) system will be discussed. Included are discussions of sensors, communications, computers, control systems and safety issues. This advanced robotic convoy system will provide a much greater capability, but will be more difficult and expensive to implement.
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Douglas W. Gage, Douglas W. Gage, J. Bryan Pletta, J. Bryan Pletta, } "Ground Vehicle Convoying", Proc. SPIE 0852, Mobile Robots II, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.968264; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.968264
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