Steve Vozar, ME PhD Student, tests one of the Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) he is working on in the HH Dow Building on October 15, 2013
Traditionally, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are tele-operated with a joystick, and with real-time video feedback information gathered from a camera on the UGV. When there isn’t a direct line-of-sight from the operator to the UGV, the operator can get disoriented, making tele-operation challenging. However, new research shows that supplementing video feedback with augmented reality — a computer-generated view of a physical, real-world environment — can improve UGV tele-operation.
Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing