Aerospace & Defense

Improving Control of Unmanned Ground Vehicles with Augmented Reality

Traditionally, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) are tele-operated with a joystick, and with real-time video feedback information gathered from a camera on the UGV. When there isn't a direct line-of-sight from the operator to the UGV, the operator can get disoriented, making tele-operation challenging. However, new research from the University of Michigan shows that supplementing video feedback with augmented reality - a computer-generated view of a physical, real-world environment - can improve UGV tele-operation.