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The Empirical Application of Automotive 3D Radar Sensor for Target Detection for an Autonomous Surface Vehicle’s Navigation

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Department of Geodesy, Gdansk University of Technology, 80-233 Gdansk, Poland
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Faculty of Navigation, Institute of Geoinformatics, Maritime University of Szczecin, 70-500 Szczecin, Poland
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Marine Technology Ltd., 71-248 Szczecin, Poland
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Remote Sens. 2019, 11(10), 1156; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11101156
Received: 17 April 2019 / Revised: 9 May 2019 / Accepted: 10 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Radar and Sonar Imaging and Processing)
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Abstract

Avoiding collisions with other objects is one of the most basic safety tasks undertaken in the operation of floating vehicles. Addressing this challenge is essential, especially during unmanned vehicle navigation processes in autonomous missions. This paper provides an empirical analysis of the surface target detection possibilities in a water environment, which can be used for the future development of tracking and anti-collision systems for autonomous surface vehicles (ASV). The research focuses on identifying the detection ranges and the field of view for various surface targets. Typical objects that could be met in the water environment were analyzed, including a boat and floating objects. This study describes the challenges of implementing automotive radar sensors for anti-collision tasks in a water environment from the perspective of target detection with the application for small ASV performing tasks on the lake. View Full-Text
Keywords: autonomous surface vehicles; anti-collision; automotive radar; target detection autonomous surface vehicles; anti-collision; automotive radar; target detection
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Stateczny, A.; Kazimierski, W.; Gronska-Sledz, D.; Motyl, W. The Empirical Application of Automotive 3D Radar Sensor for Target Detection for an Autonomous Surface Vehicle’s Navigation. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1156.

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