The goal of the Terrascout project is to create a high-speed autonomous vehicle capable of patrolling large areas. The autonomous navigation system must be able to localize itself on a commanded path, supplied from a base station by an operator, and drive that path. The operating area of the vehicle could be multiple miles in diameter, and may include mountainous or wooded areas. As such, the commanded paths are susceptible to terrain changes, like rock slides or overgrown vegetation. The navigation system must be able to detect obstacles along the commanded path and steer the vehicle to avoid them.
Principal Investigator: Sanjiv Singh