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Traditionally, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are tele-operated with a joystick, and with real-time video feedback information gathered from a camera on the UGV. When there isn’t a direct line-of-sight from the operator to the UGV, the operator can get disoriented, making tele-operation challenging. However, new research shows that supplementing video feedback with augmented reality -- a computer-generated view of a physical, real-world environment -- can improve UGV tele-operation.

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MconneX - High-Tech Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles

10/14/2013

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MconneX - Driving unmanned ground robots with a joystick can be hard and even dangerous in some cases, such as in using the vehicles for remote exploration inside a nuclear reactor. But a new high-tech control method using augmented reality makes driving simpler and safe.

MconneX - Driving unmanned ground robots with a joystick can be hard and even dangerous in some cases, such as in using the vehicles for remote exploration inside a nuclear reactor. But a new high-tech control method using augmented reality makes driving simpler and safe.

 


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Steve Vozar is a graduate student research assistant in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research at the Ground Robotics Reliability Center (GRRC) in the Michigan Automotive Research Center includes human-robot interaction, robot-user interfaces, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), UGV reliability, UGV teleoperation, augmented-reality systems, mobile robot simulation, and control of robot swarms.

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