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Vehicle path specification by a sequence of straight lines

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2 Author(s)
Kanayama, Y. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Stanford Univ., CA, USA ; Yuta, S.

A path-description method that uses a sequence of straight lines with coordinate transformations is presented. This concept is hardware-independent and may be applied to any kind of vehicle. A local vehicle-trajectory-control algorithm is used both for determining the transient portions of each vehicle trajectory and for keeping the vehicle moving along a given directed straight line. A vehicle-control command-system, MITCHI, is one realization of the idea and is introduced. The MITCHI command-system has been implemented on self-contained Yamabico mobile robots. Several design features, such as status transition, fast/slow command execution, and velocity control, as well as simulation results, are described

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Robotics and Automation, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 3 )