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A beacon navigation method for autonomous vehicles

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2 Author(s)
McGillem, C.D. ; Sch. of Electr. Eng., Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN, USA ; Rappaport, T.S.

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 of 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

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Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 1989

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