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Unmanned Ground Vehicle Perception Using Thermal Infrared Cameras

By Shane Brennan, Larry Matthies, Paolo Bellut, Christopher Assad, Max Bajracharya, Andres Huertas, Arturo Rankin and Gary Sherwin

Abstract

TIR cameras can be used for day/night Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) autonomous navigation when stealth is required. The quality of uncooled TIR cameras has significantly improved over the last decade, making them a viable option at low speed Limiting factors for stereo ranging with uncooled LWIR cameras are image blur and low texture scenes TIR perception capabilities JPL has explored includes: (1) single and dual band TIR terrain classification (2) obstacle detection (pedestrian, vehicle, tree trunks, ditches, and water) (3) perception thru obscurant

Topics: Technology Utilization and Surface Transportation
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:casi.ntrs.nasa.gov:20120013801
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