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High-speed UAV delivery system with non-stop parcel handover using high-speed visual control

Summary

Although research on physical distribution using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has seen increasingly significant interest, the task of automatically loading a parcel onto a UAV has not been researched adequately. In this study, to design an automatic UAV delivery system, we achieved the task of non-stop handover of a parcel to an airborne UAV.

For the handover task, we developed a novel tracking system with high-speed, multi-camera vision using cameras with different frame rates. Through sensor fusion, the proposed system overcomes the problem associated with tracking far away objects by using high-speed cameras with short exposure times. The proposed system demonstrates that it is feasible to combine both high-speed object tracking (1000 fps) and distant object tracking.




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Reference

  1. Satoshi Tanaka, Taku Senoo, and Masatoshi Ishikawa: Non-Stop Handover of Parcel to Airborne UAV Based on High-Speed Visual Object Tracking, 2019 19th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) (Belo Horizonte, 2019.12.03), Proceedings, pp. 414-419.
  2. Satoshi Tanaka, Taku Senoo, and Masatoshi Ishikawa: High-speed UAV Delivery System with Non-Stop Parcel Handover Using High-speed Visual Control, 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC19) (Auckland, 2019.10.30), Proceedings, pp. 4449-4455.
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