A Localization System Solely Based on Vision for Autonomous Lawnmowers

Huang, Henry & Maire, Frederic D. (2004) A Localization System Solely Based on Vision for Autonomous Lawnmowers. In Mohammadian, Masoud (Ed.) International Conference on Computational Intelligence for Modelling Control and Automation - CIMCA'2004, 12 - 14 July 2004, Sheraton Mirage Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia.


The navigation systems of commercially available autonomous lawnmowers rely on sensors measuring the magnetic field created by a perimeter wire. Some experimental systems rely on even more expensive sensing devices, like differential GPS or laser tracking systems that help locate the mowers exactly within a yard, but are considered too expensive for a domestic robot. Knowing a mower’s exact position will allow for much advancement in lawn care and maintenance. For example,improved cutting quality and reduced cutting time. The navigation system that we propose requires only a standard web camera and the existence of some landmarks visually recognisable. The key idea is to induce the absolute positions of the landmarks from apparent angles derived from panoramic views taken from a few observation points. In this paper, the localization system is fully described and its accuracy is demonstrated in simulation.

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ID Code: 2982
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Localization, robotics, lawnmower
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 04 Jan 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:08

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