Towards solving the mobility issues of unmanned ground vehicles.

Karamanoglu, Mehmet ORCID logoORCID:, Odedra, Sid and Prior, Stephen D. (2007) Towards solving the mobility issues of unmanned ground vehicles. In: Proceedings of SPIE – Defence and Security Symposium, Unmanned Systems Technology IX Conference, 9-13 April 2007, Orlando World Centre, Orlando, Florida. Gerhart, Grant R., Gage, Douglas W. and Shoemaker, Charles M., eds. SPIE. . [Book Section] (doi:10.1117/12.721495)


Karamanoglu's research aims at the mobility issues in ground vehicles for civil applications.

At present there are no commercial solutions that exist in autonomous sensing of the terrain properties in domestic or commercial vehicles. The only application so far is the recent implementation of manual setting of the terrain response by the driver in Land Rover SUVs. The degree of vehicle comfort is dependent purely on the driver's experience in guessing the correct terrain properties. The overall aim of this research is to develop an intelligent system that can sense its environment, particularly the terrain properties and, by make use of this information to improve occupant comfort and driving safety.

There are also similar needs in military applications but there appears to be no systematic research being done to establish the terrain properties, and much of the published work is sporadic. The research reported here offers to formalise the mobility issues of unmanned ground vehicles and proposes a solution strategy in helping to identify the system requirements to achieve an intelligent mobility system.

The work described was presented at the Defence and Security Symposium in Florida, involving 32 separate conferences and attracting more than 1800 paper presentations. This is the largest unclassified symposium related to sensors and sensor networks worldwide. The paper was presented as part of the Unmanned Systems Technology IX Conference which attracted 75 refereed paper presentations. The paper has generated interest from Land Rover and the Ministry of Defence.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Design Engineering and Mathematics
Item ID: 428
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2008 15:07
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