Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

An Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm for a Car Pulling Many Trailers with Kingpin Hitching

Anant Sahai, M. Secor and L. Bushnell

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/ERL M94/10
1994

We present a new method for planning motion around obstacles for a mobile robot system configured as a car pulling many trailers with non-standard kingpin hitching. In our method, we need only plan for the front car and the trailers will follow without hitting obstacles. We assume there are no back-ups in the trajectory. By setting the distance between an axle and its neighboring kingpin to be the same for all axles, by showing exponential convergence of the distance between the path followed by a trailer and the path followed by a car, and by showing there exists a bound on this distance, we propose an obstacle avoidance algorithm for a multi-trailer system using any existing path planner for the front car only. Examples are given for a car pulling a single trailer and three trailers.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Sahai:M94/10,
    Author = {Sahai, Anant and Secor, M. and Bushnell, L.},
    Title = {An Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm for a Car Pulling Many Trailers with Kingpin Hitching},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {1994},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1994/2505.html},
    Number = {UCB/ERL M94/10},
    Abstract = {We present a new method for planning motion around obstacles for a mobile robot system configured as a car pulling many trailers with non-standard kingpin hitching. In our method, we need only plan for the front car and the trailers will follow without hitting obstacles.  We assume there are no back-ups in the trajectory.  By setting the distance between an axle and its neighboring kingpin to be the same for all axles, by showing exponential convergence of the distance between the path followed by a trailer and the path followed by a car, and by showing there exists a bound on this distance, we propose an obstacle avoidance algorithm for a multi-trailer system using any existing path planner for the front car only. Examples are given for a car pulling a single trailer and three trailers.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Sahai, Anant
%A Secor, M.
%A Bushnell, L.
%T An Obstacle Avoidance Algorithm for a Car Pulling Many Trailers with Kingpin Hitching
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 1994
%@ UCB/ERL M94/10
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/1994/2505.html
%F Sahai:M94/10