Path planning with stability uncertainty for articulated mobile vehicles in challenging environments

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IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2014, pp. 1748 - 1753
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© 2014 IEEE. This article proposes a probabilistic approach to account for robot stability uncertainty when planing motions over uneven terrains. A novel probabilistic stability criterion derived from the cumulative distribution of a tip-over metric is introduced that allows a safety constraint to be dynamically updated by available sensor data as it becomes available. The proposed safety constraint authorizes the planner to generates more conservative motion plans for areas with higher levels of uncertainty, while avoids unnecessary caution in well-known areas. The proposed systematic approach is particularly applicable to reconfigurable robots that can assume safer postures when required, although is equally valid for fixed-configuration platforms to choose safer paths to follow. The advantages of planning with the proposed probabilistic stability metric are demonstrated with data collected from an indoor rescue arena, as well as an outdoor rover testing facility.
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