Autonomous Ground Vehicle Navigation

Prior research in this area focused on the development of accurate positioning systems, off-line path planning, and vehicle control approaches. Integration of these technologies allowed for navigation along a planned path and the research was applied to several range clearance operations.

Current work focuses on the following issues:

* vehicle control at speeds of ~40 mph
* environment sensing and interpretation
* modeling of the environment
* mission planning
* interaction of autonomous, connected, and traditional vehciles

The research is sponsored by the Florida Dept. of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Dept. of Energy..

Related to this activity, CIMAR participated in the 2004 and 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge events and the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge event.