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Development of a path follower in real-time environment

B.B.V.L. Deepak (National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Rourkela, India)
M.V.A. Raju Bahubalendruni (Department of Mechanical Engineering, GMR Institute of Technology, Rajam, India)

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 7 August 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the path-planning problem of an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) in a predefined, structured environment.

Design/methodology/approach

In this investigation, the environment chosen was the roadmap of the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, obtained from Google maps as reference. An UGV is developed and programmed so as to move autonomously from an indicated source location to the defined destination in the given map following the most optimal path.

Findings

An algorithm based on linear search is implemented to the autonomous robot to generate shortest paths in the environment. The developed algorithm is verified with the simulations as well as in experimental environments.

Originality/value

Unlike the past methodologies, the current investigation deals with the global path-planning strategy as the line following mechanism. Moreover, the proposed technique has been implemented in a real-time environment.

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Citation

Deepak, B.B.V.L. and Bahubalendruni, M.V.A.R. (2017), "Development of a path follower in real-time environment", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 297-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-07-2016-0029

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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