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2 September 2004 Novel mobility platforms utilizing intelligent algorithms
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The mobility requirement for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) is expected to increase significantly as the number of conflicts shift from open terrain operations to the increased complexity of urban settings. In preparation for this role Defence R&D Canada-Suffield is exploring novel mobility platforms utilizing intelligent mobility algorithms that will each contribute to improved UGV mobility. The design of a mobility platform significantly influences its ability to maneuver in the world. Highly configurable and mobile platforms are typically best suited for unstructured terrain. Intelligent mobility algorithms seek to exploit the inherent dexterity of the platform and available world representation of the environment to allow the vehicle to engage extremely irregular and cluttered environments. As a result, the capabilities of vehicles designed with novel platforms utilizing intelligent mobility algorithms will outperform larger vehicles without these capabilities. However, there exist many challenges in the development of UGV systems to satisfy the increased mobility requirement for future military operations. This paper discusses a research methodology proposed to overcome these challenges, which primarily involves the definition and development of novel mobility platforms for intelligent mobility research. It addresses intelligent mobility algorithms and the incorporation of world representation and perception research in the creation of necessary synergistic systems. In addition, it presents an overview of the novel mobility platforms and research activities at Defence R&D Canada-Suffield aimed at advancing UGV mobility capabilities in difficult and relevant military environments.
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Michael Trentini, Blake Beckman, Bruce Leonard Digney, and Jack A. Collier "Novel mobility platforms utilizing intelligent algorithms", Proc. SPIE 5422, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology VI, (2 September 2004);

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