Pittsburgh, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/03/2016 -- Seegrid, the pioneer and leader in three-dimensional vision navigation, was recently featured in DC Velocity magazine highlighting the advances in navigation technology. The article, authored by Toby Gooley, discussed how AGV manufacturers continue to tinker with existing guidance technologies and develop new ones.
According to Gooley, "Vehicles that use vision-based navigation come closest to processing visual information the way a human being does. AGVs built by Seegrid, which pioneered this technology, use five pairs of stereo cameras to record the surrounding environment as an operator "trains" them by walking them through their route. The cameras take two images simultaneously, achieving binocular vision with depth perception that's similar to a human being's. This information is used to create a three-dimensional map of the surroundings every few centimeters; the images are then tied together to create a route, explains Jeff Christensen, Seegrid's vice president of products. The AGVs replay the route from their memory and follow it precisely. Changing the route is a simple matter of taking them on another "walk" with an operator."
"AGVs have been around a lot longer, but autonomous cars are a really big story in a much bigger sphere than warehousing, so there will continue to be a lot more discoveries and development in that area," Christensen says." [Automakers] can learn something from autonomous industrial vehicles, and we can learn some things from what they're doing."
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