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Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles

Authors: Rovira Más, Francisco, Zhang, Qin, Hansen, Alan C.

  • Provides an overview of the recent applications within the field of mechatronics design in automated and intelligent vehicles
  • Anticipates future approaches to the study of mechatronics design in automated and intelligent vehicles
  • Contains numerous figures
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Rapid developments in electronics over the past two decades have induced a move from purely mechanical vehicles to mechatronics design. Recent advances in computing, sensors, and information technology are pushing mobile equipment design to incorporate higher levels of automation under the novel concept of intelligent vehicles. Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles introduces this concept, and provides an overview of recent applications and future approaches within this field. Several case studies present real examples of vehicles designed to navigate in off-road environments typically encountered by agriculture, forestry, and construction machines. The examples analyzed describe and illustrate key features for agricultural robotics, such as automatic steering, safeguarding, mapping, and precision agriculture applications.

The eight chapters include numerous figures, each designed to improve the reader’s comprehension of subjects such as:
• automatic steering systems;
• navigation systems;
• vehicle architecture;
• image processing and vision; and
• three-dimensional perception and localization.

Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles will be of great interest to professional engineers and researchers in vehicle automation, robotics, and the application of artificial intelligence to mobile equipment; as well as to graduate students of mechanical, electrical, and agricultural engineering.

About the authors

Francisco Rovira Más is an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain. After receiving his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he joined the Intelligent Vehicle Systems group of Deere and Company in Moline and Urbandale, USA, between 2003 and 2005. His research interests are autonomous vehicles; machine vision with special emphasis in stereoscopic vision; off-road equipment automation and controls; field robotics; and artificial intelligence.

Qin Zhang is a professor, senior scientist and senior automation engineer at Washington State University, Prosser, USA. He received his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are automated and autonomous agricultural machinery technologies; intelligent agricultural machinery controls; on-machinery crop health sensing technologies; machinery-area network technologies; and agricultural infotronics technologies.

Alan C. Hansen is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, USA. He received his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His research areas are diesel engine and tractor performace; biofuels and diesel engine combustion; simulation modeling of in-field grain handling systems; and machine vision.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Rovira Más, Francisco (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Off-road Vehicle Dynamics

    Rovira Más, Francisco (et al.)

    Pages 21-42

  • Global Navigation Systems

    Rovira Más, Francisco (et al.)

    Pages 43-73

  • Local Perception Systems

    Rovira Más, Francisco (et al.)

    Pages 75-110

  • Three-dimensional Perception and Localization

    Rovira Más, Francisco (et al.)

    Pages 111-185

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Hardcover $199.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-84996-468-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84996-468-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84996-467-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5709-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 277
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