Autonomous Long Distance Test

Autonomous Long Distance Test

1.1 Mile Autonomous Drive on the UC Davis campus

 

Took Bitzero out today on the UC Davis campus during the early morning hours for a long distance autonomous test drive.  It was a success.  A total of 1.1 miles driven.

 

Around KDVS and the Coffee House

 

The most valuable observation was around waypoint resolution.  The further away a GPS waypoint was, the more likely it would brush against the sidewalk on the way.  I believe this is happening because the calculated heading angle is much smaller at longer distance, and the less correction the vehicle thinks it needs.  The solution is a higher density of GPS points.   It will be particularly important on water when other forces come in to play, like wind and current.  This is why we test.

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