Accession Number : ADP001204

Title :   Robot Vehicles: A Survey and Proposed Test-Bed Facility,


Personal Author(s) : Schachter,Bruce J. ; TIsdale,Glenn E. ; Jones,George R.

Report Date : JUN 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Many groups are now attempting to build autonomous land robots. However, no vehicle fitting this description exists today. The difficult problems that must be solved are obstacle avoidance and scene matching to map coordinates. Autonomous robot vehicles would be used primarily by the military for reconnaissance. Enemy targets would either be designated by laser spotting or their locations and identities transmitted to friendly forces. Westinghouse as a subcontractor to the Computer Vision Lab of the University of Maryland, with the support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory, is developing a test-bed facility for investigating autonomous vehicle navigation. A Westinghouse vision system will be added to an existing electronically controllable Army Vehicle. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Robots, *Ground vehicles, *Autonomous navigation, Mobile, Test beds, Facilities, Military operations, Reconnaissance, Target detection, Target recognition, State of the art, Remotely piloted vehicles, Airborne, Military vehicles, Underwater vehicles, Ground effect machines

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE