Long-range autonomous navigation relies on single stereo camera

A rover may autonomously traversed a multi-kilometer route in unstructured, three-dimensional terrain, without an accurate global reconstruction.

Aug 30th, 2010

Researchers at the Autonomous Space Robotics Lab at the University of Toronto (Toronto, ON, Canada) developed a technique to enable long-range autonomous navigation. Paul Furgale and Tim Barfoot used a Bumblebee XB3 stereo camera from Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) as the only sensor.

Using this technique, a rover may autonomously traverse a multi-kilometer route in unstructured, three-dimensional terrain, without an accurate global reconstruction. The research project won the Kuka Service Robotics Best Paper Award at the 2010 IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010) for their work.

SOURCE: Point Grey Research, with video

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