RBF-Based Monocular Vision Navigation for Small Vehicles in Narrow Space below Maize Canopy
AbstractMaize is one of the major food crops in China. Traditionally, field operations are done by manual labor, where the farmers are threatened by the harsh environment and pesticides. On the other hand, it is difficult for large machinery to maneuver in the field due to limited space, particularly in the middle and late growth stage of maize. Unmanned, compact agricultural machines, therefore, are ideal for such field work. This paper describes a method of monocular visual recognition to navigate small vehicles between narrow crop rows. Edge detection and noise elimination were used for image segmentation to extract the stalks in the image. The stalk coordinates define passable boundaries, and a simplified radial basis function (RBF)-based algorithm was adapted for path planning to improve the fault tolerance of stalk coordinate extraction. The average image processing time, including network latency, is 220 ms. The average time consumption for path planning is 30 ms. The fast processing ensures a top speed of 2 m/s for our prototype vehicle. When operating at the normal speed (0.7 m/s), the rate of collision with stalks is under 6.4%. Additional simulations and field tests further proved the feasibility and fault tolerance of our method. View Full-Text
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Liu, L.; Mei, T.; Niu, R.; Wang, J.; Liu, Y.; Chu, S. RBF-Based Monocular Vision Navigation for Small Vehicles in Narrow Space below Maize Canopy. Appl. Sci. 2016, 6, 182.
Liu L, Mei T, Niu R, Wang J, Liu Y, Chu S. RBF-Based Monocular Vision Navigation for Small Vehicles in Narrow Space below Maize Canopy. Applied Sciences. 2016; 6(6):182.Chicago/Turabian Style
Liu, Lu; Mei, Tao; Niu, Runxin; Wang, Jie; Liu, Yongbo; Chu, Sen. 2016. "RBF-Based Monocular Vision Navigation for Small Vehicles in Narrow Space below Maize Canopy." Appl. Sci. 6, no. 6: 182.
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