A New Robotic System Concept for Automating Highway Maintenance Operations

by S. E. Winters,
D. Hong,
S. A. Velinsky,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Robotics for Challenging Environments

Abstract:

The purpose of this paper is to present the Tethered Mobile Robot (TMR) concept, a new robotic system for automating highway maintenance operations. The operational requirements of this system have resulted in a differentially steered, wheeled mobile robot which is tethered to the support vehicle via a mechanical linkage for accurate relative positioning and connectivity. The support vehicle provides the primary sensing as well as power and other necessary supplies. This paper discusses the unique system configuration.



Subject Headings: Robotics | Intelligent transportation systems | Vehicles | Highways and roads | Highway and road management | Maintenance | System analysis | Power supply

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