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Terrain-based vehicle orientation estimation combining vision and inertial measurements

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Terrain-based vehicle orientation estimation combining vision and inertial measurements
A novel method for estimating vehicle roll, pitch and yaw using machine vision and inertial sensors is presented that is based on matching images captured from an on-vehicle camera to a rendered representation of the surrounding terrain obtained from a 3 dimensional (3D) terrain map. United States Geographical Survey Digital Elevation Maps (DEMs) were used to create a 3D topology map of the geography surrounding the vehicle, and it is assumed in this work that large segments of the surrounding terrain are visible, particularly the horizon lines. The horizon lines seen in the captured video from the vehicle are compared to the horizon lines obtained from a rendered geography, allowing absolute comparisons between rendered and actual scene in roll, pitch and yaw. A kinematic Kalman filter modeling an inertial navigation system then uses the scene matching to generate filtered estimates of orientation. Numerical simulations verify the performance of the Kalman filter. Experiments using a...
Vishisht Gupta, Sean Brennan
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where JFR
Authors Vishisht Gupta, Sean Brennan
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