Precise Autonomous Robot Localization in Large Environments such as Factory Buildings by Visual Odometry
Continuous localization of mobile units such as automatic guided transport systems or mobile assistance robots is already a basic technology in automation and logistic. At the same time, existing localization systems entail a substantial investment in infrastructure and/or mobile sensor systems. Visual self-localization on the basis of inexpensive digital camera systems provide more significant potential to cut costs and opportunities to develop new users and fields of application, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises.
In light of these considerations, the content of this subproject of the joint project AVILUS+ was the development of a visual position tracking systems specifically for environments such as factories and warehouses:
- as a subcomponent for visual self-localization of mobile autonomous systems and
- as an autonomous system that records other mobile units' routes and travel times