Chapter 56 — Robotics in Agriculture and Forestry

VisualGPS – High accuracy localization for forestry machinery

Developments in space robotics continue to find their way into our everyday lives. These advances, for instance, include novel methods to increase localization accuracy in determining one's position in comparison to conventional GPS systems. The example here is the "VisualGPS" approach that helps to estimate the position of forestry machinery, such as harvesters in the woods, with high accuracy. For "VisualGPS", harvesters are equipped with laser scanners. The sensors scan the surrounding area to generate landmarks from the tree positions. The tree positions are combined into a local, single-tree map. By comparing the local, single-tree map with a map generated from aerial survey data, the current machine position can be calculated with an accuracy of 0.5 m.
Juergen Rossmann, Michael Schluse, Arno Buecken, Christian Schlette, Markus Emde
The research leading to these results has received funding from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with funds provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
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