Towards a modular robotics standard for AGV design and programming
Barrall, G. and Warwick, K. (1991) Towards a modular robotics standard for AGV design and programming. In: IEE Colloquium on Autonomous Guided Vehicles, 7 November 1991, Salford, UK, 5/1-5/4.
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Across the world there are many bodies currently involved in researching into the design of autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs). One of the greatest problems at present however, is that much of the research work is being conducted in isolated groups, with the resulting AGVs sensor/control/command systems being almost completely nontransferable to other AGV designs. This paper describes a new modular method for robot design which when applied to AGVs overcomes the above problems. The method is explained here with respect to all forms of robotics but the examples have been specifically chosen to reflect typical AGV systems.