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Traversability Analysis for Mobile Robot Navigation in Rough Terrain

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.32 No.2


For the research described here, the road surface necessary to enable autonomous navigation by a robot in rough terrain was modeled and a method of traversability analysis of that road surface was created. As in much preceding research, this method consists of three steps, which are (1) dividing the road surfaces around the robot into grids, (2) generating a road surface model of each grid, and then (3) performing traversability analysis of those road surfaces by evaluating those models. The new contribution made by this method is that, by optimizing the grid size of the road surface to be modeled, it can assure the validity of modeling a road surface on rough terrain by means of planes. In addition, this method is robust with regard to outliers and noise near maximum and minimum values in a measurement point cloud, and the small number of setting parameters is another distinguishing characteristic. Application of this method to an environment of rough terrain, including slopes, uneven surfaces, and obstacles, made it possible for robots to correctly perform traversability analysis of road surfaces and to navigate autonomously in that environment.


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Shintaro HIDAKA(Life Creation Center)、Norio NEKI(Life Creation Center)

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