A Multi-Range Vision Strategy for Autonomous Offroad Navigation

R. Hadsell, A. Erkan, P. Sermanet, J. Ben, K. Kavukcuoglu, U. Muller, and Y. LeCun (USA)


vision, learning, offroad, navigation, latency, LAGR


Vision-based navigation and obstacle detection must be sophisticated in order to perform well in complicated and diverse terrain, but that complexity comes at the ex pense of increased system latency between image capture and actuator signals. Increased latency, or a longer control loop, degrades the reactivity of the robot. We present a nav igational framework that uses a self-supervised, learning based obstacle detector without paying a price in latency and reactivity. A long-range obstacle detector uses online learning to accurately see paths and obstacles at ranges up to 30 meters, while a fast, short-range obstacle detec tor avoids obstacles at up to 5 meters. The learning-based long-range module is discussed in detail, and field experi ments are described which demonstrate the success of the overall system.

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