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Automatic steering control of plantation tractor based on image processing
Author(s): Zoltan Lang
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Paper Abstract

The driving by man in a straight line and turning at the end of the row of the plantation demands high concentration which may limit the possible speed of the vehicle. With automatic steering control working speed can be increased and there is no health when working with chemicals. The necessary input information for the automatic steering can be taken from the natural surrounding. In the plantations the stems of the plants are the most characteristic objects, the bottom of the stems appear in a straight line. The equation of such a line is not influenced by the distance between the stems. In the project described in this paper, a CCD camera mounted on the front of a model tractor takes pictures from one side of the plantation row. Evaluating the images in real time the necessary intervention for keeping the vehicle in straight line can be calculated. The basic equations for steering control and the first image processing experiences are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 January 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3543, Precision Agriculture and Biological Quality, (14 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.336886
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Zoltan Lang, Univ. of Horticulture and Food (Hungary)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3543:
Precision Agriculture and Biological Quality
George E. Meyer; James A. DeShazer, Editor(s)

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