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Autonomous vehicle platooning assisted by monovision and laser pointers

Grant number: 11/13131-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2011
Effective date (End): August 31, 2012
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Transportation Engineering
Principal Investigator:Janito Vaqueiro Ferreira
Grantee:Marcos Lignani de Miranda Heringer
Home Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Mecânica (FEM). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Computer vision systems and lasers have become quite ordinary in autonomous vehicles applications, such as: determining objects on track, obstacles avoidance, map generation and target tracking. This fact relies on the gain in reliability and accuracy that these systems provide to the robotic tasks. The present project shall apply the abovementioned mechanisms in order to develop a system that allows a robot to recognize a leader robot and track it, by using computer vision, so it becomes able to follow a track similar to the leader's. The robot must also keep a safe distance, measured by the lasers pointers, from the one that is been followed.