Semi-Autonomous EOD Robot

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Introduction

The aim of the project is to develop a prototype of a semi - autonomous robot, designed ideally for use in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) applications in an outdoor environment. The core concept of this project was to build a ground vehicle which is capable travelling short ranges autonomously, in order to inspect possible explosive devices. The primary method of sensing to be used is vision and is done via onboard cameras that enable the robot to “see” at least 20 meters in the forward direction. The robot relays images of its field of vision to the operator. The operator then selects an object as the target destination. The robot then travels autonomously to this target destination while avoiding obstacles in its path. Once it reaches the target object, it shifts into manual mode and transfers control to the operator.

The goal of this project is to develop a prototype which can be ideally used for Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) applications in an outdoor environment. 

We propose a design of a ground vehicle that will travel short ranges autonomously to user designated locations in order to inspect possible explosive devices. The second phase or the desirable phase of the project is to implement a robotic end effector that can be controlled manually by the operator to dispose/ disarm the explosive device.

This website will further provide all the conceptual and detail designs of the mechanical, electronic and algorithmic parts of this project.


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