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Adam J Gudat, Walter J Bradbury, Dana A Christensen, Richard G Clow, Lonnie J Devier, Carl A Kemner, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Norman K Lay, Joel L Peterson, Prithvi N Rao, Larry E Schmidt, James W Sennott, Gary K Shaffer, Wenfan Shi, Dong H Shin, Sanjiv J Singh, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck, Jay H West, William L Whittaker, Baoxin Wu: Integrated vehicle positioning and navigation system, apparatus and method. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, March 11, 1997: US05610815 (321 worldwide citation)

A system (400) for positioning and navigating an autonomous vehicle (310) allows the vehicle (310) to travel between locations. Position information (432) is derived from global positioning system satellites (200, 202, 204, and 206) or other sources (624) when the satellites (200, 202, 204, and 206) ...


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Adam J Gudat, Prithvi N Rao, Gary K Shaffer, WenFan Shi, Dong H Shin, William L Whittaker, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Jay H West, Richard G Clow, Sanjiv J Singh, Dana A Christensen, Carl A Kemner, Walter J Bradbury, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Norman K Lay, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck, Lonnie J Devier: Apparatus and method for autonomous vehicle navigation using path data. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, March 25, 1997: US05615116 (277 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method for navigating a vehicle along a predetermined route use route data and path data to define the predetermined route. The route data represents one or more contiguous path segments between adjacent nodes along the predetermined route. The path data includes postures of the veh ...


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Prithvi N Rao, Dong Hun Shin, William L Whittaker, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Sanjiv J Singh, Carl A Kemner, Walter J Bradbury, Craig L Koehrsen, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Lonnie J Devier: System and method for enabling an autonomous vehicle to track a desired path. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, November 4, 1997: US05684696 (172 worldwide citation)

A system and method for enabling an autonomous vehicle to track a desired path plans a continuous path to return to the desired path when the vehicle deviates from the desired path. The continuous path is determined based on the vehicle's position, the desired path, and a lookahead distance. The loo ...


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Adam J Gudat, Walter J Bradbury, Dana A Christensen, Carl A Kemner, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Norman K Lay, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck, Lonnie J Devier, Prithvi N Rao, Gary K Shaffer, Wenfan Shi, Dong Hun Shin, James W Sennott, William L Whittaker, Jay H West, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Richard G Clow, Baoxin Wu, Sanjiv J Singh: System and a method for enabling a vehicle to track a preset path. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, November 17, 1998: US05838562 (167 worldwide citation)

A system (400) for positioning and navigating an autonomous vehicle (310) allows the vehicle (310) to travel between locations. Position information (432) is derived from global positioning system satellites (200, 202, 204, and 206) or other sources (624) when the satellites (200, 202, 204, and 206) ...


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Adam J Gudat, Dong Hun Shin, William L Whittaker, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Richard G Clow, Sanjiv J Singh, Dana A Christensen, Carl A Kemner, Walter J Bradbury, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Norman K Lay, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck, Lonnie J Devier: Apparatus and method for autonomous vehicle navigation using absolute data. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, September 21, 1999: US05956250 (165 worldwide citation)

A system and method for controlling the navigation of surface based vehicle uses a route that is obtained by manually driving the vehicle over the route to collect data defining the absolute position of the vehicle at various positions along the route. The collected data is smoothed to provide a con ...


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Carl A Kemner, Joel L Peterson: Remote control system and method for an autonomous vehicle. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox, September 5, 1995: US05448479 (127 worldwide citation)

A system and method for remotely controlling an autonomous vehicle uses a tele-panel to interrupt autonomous operation. Radio communications established between the tele-panel and the vehicle ceases autonomous operation of the vehicle and places the vehicle in a tele-ready mode in which the vehicle ...


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Adam J Gudat, William L Whittaker, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Dana A Christensen, Carl A Kemner, Walter J Bradbury, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck: System and method for controlling an autonomously navigated vehicle. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, July 8, 1997: US05646845 (78 worldwide citation)

A system and method for controlling an autonomously navigated vehicle uses a vehicle manager to control vehicle subsystems and to respond to commands from either a vehicle navigation system or a remote control panel. The vehicle manager controls vehicle subsystems including a speed control subsystem ...


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Jagannathan Sarangapani, Carl A Kemner: Method and apparatus for determining an alternate path in response to detection of an obstacle. Caterpillar, Steven D Lundquist, May 16, 2000: US06064926 (76 worldwide citation)

The present invention is a method and apparatus for planning an alternate path in response to detection of an obstacle by a mobile machine at a work site. The work site includes a fleet of mobile machines and a fleet manager. The method includes the steps of determining the presence and location of ...


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Carl A Kemner, Craig L Koehrsen, Joel L Peterson: System and method for managing access to a resource in an autonomous vehicle system. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox, December 17, 1996: US05586030 (62 worldwide citation)

The invention is a system and method for managing a resource shared by a plurality of autonomous vehicles. Each vehicle includes a navigator for causing the vehicle to travel a specified route to the resource and for generating a queue position request upon approach to the resource. A queue or fleet ...


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Adam J Gudat, Dong Hun Shin, William L Whittaker, Karl W Kleimenhagen, Sanjiv J Singh, Dana A Christensen, Carl A Kemner, Walter J Bradbury, Craig L Koehrsen, Christos T Kyrtsos, Norman K Lay, Joel L Peterson, Larry E Schmidt, Darrell E Stafford, Louis J Weinbeck, Lonnie J Devier: System and method for generating paths in an autonomous vehicle. Caterpillar, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, July 15, 1997: US05648901 (53 worldwide citation)

A system for generating a path allows a vehicle to traverse a predetermined route. The system stores route data for the predetermined route. The route data identifies a series of contiguous path segments that form the predetermined route. The route data also identifies a series of nodes located at t ...