Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University

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Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University, at the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference, on Mar 20, 2018, North Carolina Global Transpark.

UAS operations in an urban area faces a few challenges such as object detection and avoidance, mapping of the local environment, autonomous navigation and control. Solution to these problems often require an accurate and reliable real-time estimation of vehicle position, velocity, timing and orientation. On a small UAS, such estimation is typically made available by the onboard navigator that combines satellite navigation with inertial sensors. In an urban environment, however, satellite navigation is not always available or reliable. Recent development in navigation and robotics industries may help improve the performance. Continue reading “Improving the Safety of Autonomous Operations of Small Unmanned Vehicles in Urban Areas – Presented by Zhen Zhu, East Carolina University”