Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia are leading an international team to help robots overcome mapping errors. The software would help self-guided robots to break down large maps, detect mapping errors, and recalculate paths to eliminate navigation errors. The greatest advantage will be with multiple robots that are operating together.
“Accurate localization is a fundamental task in order to achieve high levels of autonomy in robot navigation and robustness in vehicle positioning. Localization systems often depend on GPS due to its affordability and convenience. However, it is well known that GPS is not fully reliable, since satellite positioning is not available anytime, anywhere. Fortunately, use of a priori maps can help in the localization process.”
Australia has world-leading research teams that are applying robotics to problems that are big and expensive and that you don’t want people to do, such as mining or underwater exploration. Read more about this research in the paper, “Robust Global Urban Localization Based on Road Maps”, here.