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Some aspects of road sweeping vehicle automation

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3 Author(s)
Peel, G. ; Mech. Syst. & Robotic Res. Group, Surrey Univ., Guildford, UK ; Michielen, M. ; Parker, G.

This paper reports on work being undertaken to enhance the performance and safety of road sweeping vehicles, including a forward looking debris detection system alongside research into brushes and the brushing process. Vision processing techniques are used to identify various road surfaces and debris. A continuous flow of data is provided by laser striping building up a 3D profile of the road ahead. Only when the scene cannot be fully identified with sizes and shapes alone, other more advanced image processing techniques are applied. A brush rig was constructed to test different brush types used on road sweeping vehicles. An extensive range of practical tests were undertaken on a variety of contact surfaces. Analysis of the results shows that the common brush types currently on the market have very different characteristics depending on the orientation of their tines

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Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 2001. Proceedings. 2001 IEEE/ASME International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

Date of Conference:

2001