Safe autonomous driving through dense vegetation via advanced perception

One of the remaining challenges to achieve off-road autonomous navigation for mobile robots is the accurate evaluation of vegetated environments, to determine where a robot can safely drive through. To achieve this, robots may use extra sensory modalities compared to humans, such as RADARs that can penetrate through vegetation and see behind it what is not visible to the naked eye. Another option is to physically interact with the environment to ‘clear the way’ (see below the Physical Interaction program of the Centre).

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