Accession Number : ADA422845


Title :   UGV History 101: A Brief History of Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Development Efforts


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : Gage, Douglas W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a422845.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1995


Pagination or Media Count : 10


Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief survey of a number of different threads of development that have brought the Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) field to its current state, together with references to allow the interested reader to probe more deeply. In the broadest dictionary sense, a UGV is any piece of mechanized equipment that moves across the surface of the ground and serves as a means of carrying or transporting something, but explicitly does NOT carry a human being. A discussion of such a broad universe of possible UGV systems needs some organizing principle, and in fact a taxonomy of UGV systems could be based upon any of a number of characteristics of each system. To reasonably limit its scope, this survey will focus principally on the large number of systems in which the long pole technological challenge is or has been in the area of navigation and control. Within that context, a teleoperated vehicle system is one in which navigational guidance is transmitted to the vehicle from an externally situated human operator; an autonomous vehicle is one that determines its own course using onboard sensor and processing resources; the term supervisory control is often given to the myriad of control schemes that combine inputs from both an external human operator and onboard sensors to determine the UGV's path. (53 refs.)


Descriptors :   *CONTROL SYSTEMS , *NAVIGATION , *UNMANNED , *HISTORY , *GROUND VEHICLES , ROBOTICS , SELF OPERATION , GUIDANCE , EXTERNAL , AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION , ONBOARD , SUPERVISION , TELEOPERATORS


Subject Categories : Cybernetics
      Surface Transportation and Equipment
      Navigation and Guidance


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE