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Auto-steering apparatus and method

United States Patent

March 13, 2007
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A vehicular guidance method involves providing a user interface using which data can be input to establish a contour for a vehicle to follow, the user interface further configured to receive information from a differential global positioning system (DGPS), determining cross track and offset data using information received from the DGPS, generating control values, using at least vehicular kinematics, the cross track, and the offset data, and providing an output to control steering of the vehicle, using the control values, in a direction to follow the established contour while attempting to minimize the cross track and the offset data.
McKay; Mark D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Anderson; Matthew O. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 418,667
April 17, 2003
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC, and the Government has certain rights in this invention.