Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
David R. Jacques, PhD
The aim of this research is to provide autonomous navigation of a 4 wheel vehicle using commercial, off-the-shelf depth and tracking cameras. Some sensitive operations need accuracy within a few inches of navigation ability for indoor or outdoor scenarios where GPS signals are not available. Combination of the Visual Odometry (VO), Distance-Depth (D-D), and Object Detection data from the cameras can be used for accurate navigation and object avoidance. The Intel RealSense D435i, a depth camera, generates depth measurements and the relative position vector of an object. The Intel RealSense T265, a tracking camera, generates its own coordinate system and grabs coordinate goals. Both of them can generate Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) data. The cameras share their data to provide a more robust capability. Combining the Intel cameras with a Pixhawk autopilot, it was demonstrated that the vehicle can follow a desired path and avoid objects along that path.
DTIC Accession Number
Kim, Hongseok, "Ground Vehicle Navigation with Depth Camera and Tracking Camera" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5401.