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3 April 2008 Fault tolerant and lifetime control architecture for autonomous vehicles
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Increased vehicle autonomy, survivability and utility can provide an unprecedented impact on mission success and are one of the most desirable improvements for modern autonomous vehicles. We propose a general architecture of intelligent resource allocation, reconfigurable control and system restructuring for autonomous vehicles. The architecture is based on fault-tolerant control and lifetime prediction principles, and it provides improved vehicle survivability, extended service intervals, greater operational autonomy through lower rate of time-critical mission failures and lesser dependence on supplies and maintenance. The architecture enables mission distribution, adaptation and execution constrained on vehicle and payload faults and desirable lifetime. The proposed architecture will allow managing missions more efficiently by weighing vehicle capabilities versus mission objectives and replacing the vehicle only when it is necessary.
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Alexander Bogdanov, Yi-Liang Chen, Venkataraman Sundareswaran, and Thomas Altshuler "Fault tolerant and lifetime control architecture for autonomous vehicles", Proc. SPIE 6981, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2008, 69810F (3 April 2008);


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