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Vehicle intelligence and implications for robotics
Author(s): Helmut E. Knee; David J. Gorsich
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Paper Abstract

Significant progress has been made with regard to bringing vehicle intelligence (VI) technologies into passenger, commercial, and military ground vehicles. Very few of these technologies, however, directly impact vehicle control systems; and although the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Automated Highway System (AHS) portion of its Intelligent Systems (ITS) Program, successfully demonstrated fully-automated driving in August, 1997, most of the ITS technologies developed to date have focused on driver warning/information systems. The U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD's) Army Vehicle Intelligence Program (AVIP) is capitalizing on the lessons learned from DOT's ITS Program, and will push the envelope for selected technologies, including issues of vehicle control. As VI impinges more heavily on vehicle control, it will be beneficial to consider more closely the relationship between VI and robotics. Because a significant amount of data related to the driver, vehicle, and driving environment are already captured and managed by on-board VI systems, a rich database of information is available that would be of value for automating (or roboticizing) driver/driving functions and tasks. This paper will discuss some state-of-the-art VI technologies and will suggest how greater benefits could be achieved by examining the relationship between VI and robotics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4364, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology III, (20 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.439977
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Helmut E. Knee, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
David J. Gorsich, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4364:
Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology III
Grant R. Gerhart; Chuck M. Shoemaker, Editor(s)

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