Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles

  • Francisco Rovira Más
  • Qin Zhang
  • Alan C. Hansen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 1-20
  3. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 21-42
  4. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 43-73
  5. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 75-110
  6. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 111-185
  7. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 187-207
  8. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 209-247
  9. Francisco Rovira Más, Qin Zhang, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 249-269
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 271-277

About this book

Introduction

Rapid developments in electronics over the past two decades have induced a move from purely mechanical vehicles to mechatronics design. Recent advances in computing, sensors, and information technology are pushing mobile equipment design to incorporate higher levels of automation under the novel concept of intelligent vehicles. Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles introduces this concept, and provides an overview of recent applications and future approaches within this field. Several case studies present real examples of vehicles designed to navigate in off-road environments typically encountered by agriculture, forestry, and construction machines. The examples analyzed describe and illustrate key features for agricultural robotics, such as automatic steering, safeguarding, mapping, and precision agriculture applications.

The eight chapters include numerous figures, each designed to improve the reader’s comprehension of subjects such as:
• automatic steering systems;
• navigation systems;
• vehicle architecture;
• image processing and vision; and
• three-dimensional perception and localization.

Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems for Off-road Vehicles will be of great interest to professional engineers and researchers in vehicle automation, robotics, and the application of artificial intelligence to mobile equipment; as well as to graduate students of mechanical, electrical, and agricultural engineering.

Keywords

Agricultural Robotics Intelligent Vehicles Mechatronics Off-road Equipment Vehicle Automation

Authors and affiliations

  • Francisco Rovira Más
    • 1
  • Qin Zhang
    • 2
  • Alan C. Hansen
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería RuralPolytechnic University of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Center for Automated Agriculture, Department of Biological Systems EngineeringWashington State UniversityProsserUSA
  3. 3.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84996-468-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84996-467-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84996-468-5
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