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Testing Unmanned Vehicle With Direction Finding Dual Antenna RTK- Replacing Magnetic Compass and VFH Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm


(Amovlab Co. Ltd.) #1

Dual-arc directional automatic cruise unmanned vehicle test

Due to the instability of the magnetic compass and its vulnerability to hard and soft magnetic interference, we used the Novatai 617D dual-antenna DF board on the Rover’s unmanned vehicle firmware. The output heading information, was replaced by the heading information of the original magnetic compass.This eliminates the need for cumbersome calibration of the magnetic compass. Furthermore, it completely avoids hard and soft magnetic interference.To a certain extent, it improves the stability of the system . In fact, this replacement can also be done on the drone, when a drone is at a high altitude and the heading information is better.

Real-time obstacle avoidance test

This unmanned vehicle system includes:

1- thousand search RTK centimeter positioning

2- outdoor Lidar obstacle avoidance (based on the VFH obstacle avoidance strategy);

the full name of VFH is Vector Field Histogram, which is the vector interval column

diagram method)

3-direction finding with dual antenna direction finding replacement magnetic compass

4- EKF-based condition and position estimation

5- a complete ROS interface and MAVLINK interface

By just transmitting the desired speed or desired position, this unmanned vehicle chassis can respond to many complex instructions including obstacle avoidance.

Amovlab sells this platform for researchers and developers, and can be found at the background, or at AmovLab’s website on Taobao.


The article has been revised in 2018-12-4

Stay tuned for development and upgrades.


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(René) #4

Hi, nice job!
I was wondering which type of lidar have you used and how do you manage obstacles on ground level (for instance, a hole or a puddle)?
Thank you


(Amovlab Co. Ltd.) #5

We are using a 2D kind of lidar which currently can not detect or avoid obstacles on ground level.


(Bitdog LLC) #6

Do you have any documentation on your project, My robotic mower project is starting up again in spring and I need to remove its dependency on magnetic compass headings.