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SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE AUTONOMOUS CONTROL, AUTOMATED GUIDANCE, AND GLOBAL COORDINATION OF MOVING PROCESS MACHINERY

United States Patent Application

20070271002
A1
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A control system for controlling and coordinating a plurality of moving machines includes a global coordinator; a first subsystem controlled by the global coordinator, the first subsystem including a plurality of automated moving machines, the machines including sensors and actuators, including actuators for automated guidance and movement; and a local control system, under guidance of the global coordinator coupled to the sensors and actuators of one of the machines and configured to control automated functions for the machine, including automated guidance and movement; and an intelligent communications system configured to allow communications between the first subsystem and the global coordinator or a second subsystem.
Hoskinson, Reed L. (Rigbi, ID), Anderson, Matthew O. (Idaho Falls, ID), McKay, Mark D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kenney, Kevin L. (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 419,699
May 22, 2006
GOVERNMENT LANGUAGE [0001] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.