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A Compact Visual-Odometry Sensor for UGVs

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop 410 Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: A Compact Visual-Odometry Sensor for UGVs
Agency: DOD
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0207
Award Amount: $729,869.00


This is a proposal to design a compact visual odometry sensor that can be mounted on unmanned ground vehicles. Visual odometry (VO) is a technique that estimates the ego-motion from images perceived by moving cameras. A self-contained visual odometry sensor would provide several significant benefits to unmanned ground vehicles, including: 1) providing position information to platforms that do not have encoders or other odometry sensors; 2) providing position information in GPS-denied environments; and 3) providing additional position information to supplement existing odometry sensors and mitigate their errors. The use of our odometry sensor will greatly increase the ability of an unmanned ground vehicle to operate autonomously as well as providing additional situation awareness to the vehicle operator. Our system will be self-contained, require no field calibration and operate under a variety of field conditions.

Principal Investigator:

Eric Huber
Senior Scientist
(281) 461-7884

Business Contact:

David Kortenkamp
President and CEO
(281) 461-7884
Small Business Information at Submission:

Traclabs, Inc.
100 Northeast Loop Suite 520 San Antonio, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 202601412
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No