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The Inevitable Collision System

Posted 4 Nov 2003 at 14:58 UTC by steve Share This

As mobile robots get bigger and more powerful, the need to prevent them from bumping into things becomes more important. Impact bumpers won't cut it on a robot the size of a car. A NewScientist.com article describes the Inevitable Collision System (ICS), a collision-avoidance system designed by French and Japanese reseachers. Thierry Fraichard presented a paper on the system at the recent IROS conference. ICS works by continuously calculating an exclusion zone around the robot representing a region in which a collision would be unavoidable, no matter what evasive action the robot took. While the ICS paper is not yet available to the public, Fraichard's earlier paper on the Inevitable Collision States (Post Script format) is.


hehehe, posted 5 Nov 2003 at 16:26 UTC by Mad scientist » (Observer)

What I used to stop my bot is a map program where I mapped out my lower level of my house, with all the dimensions and everything. I wrote this program myself. It was a bit faulty at furst but now it works quite well. The bot has not run into anything since then! YAY!

But..., posted 5 Nov 2003 at 18:44 UTC by earlwb » (Master)

What happens if someone moves the couch on you?

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