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Vision-Based Motion Sensing for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
97794
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-203-0782
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-203
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Quantum Signal, LLC
200 N. Ann Arbor St Saline, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Vision-Based Motion Sensing for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-10-C-0219
Award Amount: $69,622.00
 

Abstract:

Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will play an important role in the nationf?Ts next-generation ground force. As these systems become increasingly autonomous there is increasing need for precise awareness of their absolute position and velocity. Autonomous navigation systems rely on such data to be effective. Unfortunately, todayf?Ts position and velocity sensing technologies have significant drawbacks when applied to UGVs f?" encoders can be thrown by slippage, GPS by signal jamming, LIDARS are highly emissive, and IMUs by inherent sensor drift and expense. Visual Odometry (VO) is the process of estimating position and velocity information based on camera sensor data, and overcomes many of the drawbacks of other methods. VO has its own drawbacks, however, and these must be overcome if it is to become a major component in future UGV sensing and navigation systems. In this project, a robust, modular VO capability will be developed. It will overcome difficult VO problems by a combination of techniques, including fusion with IMU data. The module, titled f?oVOOMf??, will be provide precision data and be useful on a wide variety of UGVs from small to large and at a wide range of speeds.

Principal Investigator:

Mitchell Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
rohde@quantumsignal.com

Business Contact:

Mitchell Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
raydex.info@gmail.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Quantum Signal, LLC
3741 Plaza Drive Suite 1 Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383456085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No