Beacon navigation method for autonomous vehicles

Clare D. McGillem, Theodore S. Rappaport

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Abstract

A method for navigating autonomous vehicles is presented. Based on the three-point problem from land surveying, this navigational technique makes use of angular measurements between fixed beacon pairs. Extremely accurate position information can be obtained over a large area with simple trigonometric or analytic geometry calculations. Typical worst-case errors are on the order of 10 cm throughout a 2500-m2 workspace. An experimental position-measuring system has been built and tested, and it demonstrated the ability of this technique to function as a key element in a navigation system for autonomous vehicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1989

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Autonomous Vehicles
Navigation
Co-ordinate geometry
Worst Case Error
Navigation System
Workspace
Surveying
Angle measurement
Navigation systems
Geometry

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  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Beacon navigation method for autonomous vehicles. / McGillem, Clare D.; Rappaport, Theodore S.

In: IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 38, No. 3, 08.1989, p. 132-139.

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