A Beacon Navigation Method for Autonomous Vehicles

Clare D. McGillem, Theodore S. Rappaport

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A method for navigating autonomous vehicles is presented. Based on the three-point problem from land surveying, this navigational technique makes use of angular measurements between fixed beacon pairs. Extremely accurate position information may be obtained over a large area with simple trigonometric or analytic geometry calculations. Typical worst-case errors are on the order of 10 cm throughout a 2500-m2 workspace. An experimental position-measuring system has been built and tested, and it demonstrates the feasibility of this technique to function as a key element in a navigation system for autonomous vehicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-139
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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