Businesses are always on the lookout for new methods to meet the ever-growing demands of e-commerce. One way to drive efficiency is to employ outdoor mobile robots to deliver packages right to the destination.
The agricultural industry is also turning to robots for help, for example, speed up the processes of crop inspection, spraying, and weeding.
Navigating the challenges
To meet the challenges of working outdoors, delivery robots must be able to autonomously navigate their environment. For example, they must negotiate roads and avoid sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bike paths, and any other obstacle in their way. All the while, they need to find the most efficient route to their destination.
Agricultural robots must be able to cross uneven and bumpy fields and avoid trees and bushes – all without damaging valuable crops.
How our technology can help
Our RTK GNSS/INS products tell your robot or autonomous vehicle exactly where it is – essential when navigating sidewalks, roads, or bushes. Additionally, the on-baord sensor fusion algorithms can estimate the appropriate orientation and position to make corrections to keep the robot on track.
Think about what happens when a vehicle hits a speed bump – the camera and lidar point upwards, detecting no obstacles. But this doesn’t mean that there are no obstacles nearby. For the robot, knowing that it’s looking to the sky is invaluable. Knowing in which direction it’s facing is also essential for planning its trajectory.
Our range of (RTK) GNSS/INS products:
The MTi-670G combines orientation data with position data supplied by an internal GNSS receiver.
The MTi-680 represents the highest standard in GNSS/INS when connected to an external Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver.
With the MTi-680G’s added RTK feature, you can improve your positional data from meter-level to centimeter-level accuracy.
The MTi-7 is an GNSS/INS which can synchronize the inputs from its on-board accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer with the data from an external GNSS receiver.
The MTi-G-710 is an IMU and GNSS/INS with an extra SMA connector, enabling you to connect a GNSS antenna.