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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