Predicting the navigation performance of underwater vehicles

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Predicting the navigation performance of underwater vehicles
— In this paper we present a general framework for predicting the positioning uncertainty of underwater vehicles. We apply this framework to common examples from marine robotics: standalone long baseline (LBL) positioning and integrated LBL reference and Doppler velocity log (DVL) deadreckoning. The approach is based on formulating positioning as an estimation problem. Using simple sensor models for the most common information sources, we show how the the Cram´er Rao lower bound can be used to predict the system-level navigation performance. The resulting three dimensional covariance matrix is then summarized using scalar performance metrics based on the notion of dilution of precision (DOP), a well-known concept from the global positioning system (GPS) community. To illustrate this general tool, we present the answers to a few particular questions: • How does the baseline length affect the solution for standalone LBL positioning? • When using DVL and heading odometry, how preci...
Brian Bingham
Added 24 May 2010
Updated 24 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where IROS
Authors Brian Bingham
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