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Semi-autonomous vehicles with routing flexibility – functionality and application areas
by Sandor Ujvari, Olli-Pekka Hilmola
International Journal of Services and Operations Management (IJSOM), Vol. 5, No. 4, 2009


Abstract: Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems are standard automated items in production and warehousing today. However, studies have rarely examined a more advanced form of AGVs called Semi-Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs), which have a higher sophistication of task completion and routing flexibility. This research presents SAVs in an industrial development case study. Using simulation, the route-keeping ability of SAVs with two types of guidance techniques is being studied. The results show that dual-navigation SAVs can provide the needed flexibility for routing. Using wire guidance and dead reckoning, both very well-established techniques, the SAVs' performance is, within certain limits, quite comparable to the AGVs with more advanced and expensive navigation techniques.

Online publication date: Fri, 10-Apr-2009


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