Title: Design and implementation of global path planning system for unmanned surface vehicle among multiple task points

Authors: Yanlong Wang; Xuemin Yu; Xu Liang

Addresses: School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University, XueYuan Road No. 37, HaiDian District, Beijing, China ' Institute of Information Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, YuQuan Road No. 19, ShiJingShan District, Beijing, China ' School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University, XueYuan Road No. 37, HaiDian District, Beijing, China

Abstract: Global path planning is the key technology in the design of unmanned surface vehicles. This paper establishes global environment modelling based on electronic charts and hexagonal grids which are proved to be better than square grids in validity, safety and rapidity. Besides, we introduce Cube coordinate system to simplify hexagonal algorithms. Furthermore, we propose an improved A* algorithm to realise the path planning between two points. Based on that, we build the global path planning modelling for multiple task points and present an improved ant colony optimisation to realise it accurately. The simulation results show that the global path planning system can plan an optimal path to tour multiple task points safely and quickly, which is superior to traditional methods in safety, rapidity and path length. Besides, the planned path can directly apply to actual applications of USVs.

Keywords: USV; path planning; hexagonal grids; A* algorithm; ant colony optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVAS.2018.093119

International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, 2018 Vol.14 No.1, pp.82 - 105

Received: 18 Jul 2017
Accepted: 24 Apr 2018

Published online: 29 Jun 2018 *

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