Aspects of the Rover Problem

Unknown author (1982-12)

Working Paper

The basic task of a rover is to move about automonously in an unknown environment. A working rover must have the following three subsystems which interact in various ways: 1) locomotion--the ability to move, 2) perception--the ability to determine the three-dimensional structure of the environment, and 3) navigation--the ability to negotiate the environment. This paper will elucidate the nature of the problem in these areas and survey approaches to solving them while paying attention to real-world issues.