High Speed Teleoperation with Variable Latency

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W56HZV-10-C-0233
Award Id:
97768
Agency Tracking Number:
A093-188-0435
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
Army 09-188
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
13620 Merriman Road, Livonia, MI, 48150
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
176513604
Principal Investigator:
Douglas MacKenzie
President
(734) 367-0430
doug@mobile-intelligence.com
Business Contact:
William Oseles
Contracts Manager
(734) 367-0430
brguthrie@mac.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Teleoperation of high speed ground robots is very difficult. People use an enormous amount of proprioceptive cues to estimate safe travel speeds and compensate for motion jitter in their visual cortex. Simply moving the controls off-board takes away those cues, and makes the task much harder. Worse, the reality of radio links dictates that latency will appear between the time at which a movement is commanded and the time when the video display reflects the resulting vehicle motion. While driving, especially in urban areas, the quality of radio data links can vary tremendously which causes changes in the latency and potential dropouts exceeding a couple seconds. Variable latency quickly becomes irritating and dramatically reduces controllability of the platform, and loss of operator control for longer than a fraction of a second is a serious hazard. To solve this problem, MIC will apply three complementary techniques to improve the vehicle safety and operator experience of high-speed teleoperation with variable latency.

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