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Instinctive steering system and method for reducing operator error in controlling a vehicle remotely

A method for controlling operation of a remotely piloted vehicle by an operator. The method includes the steps of accepting an operator directional command from a control device, accepting a control device compass reading, adding the operator directional command to the control device compass reading to generate a heading command, and sending the remotely piloted vehicle the heading command. In this manner, the method of the present invention relieves the operator of having to orient himself relative to the direction of the vehicle in order to control the vehicle and thereby provides for instinctive control of the vehicle through elimination of observer translation.

Douglas Freeman

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March 24, 2004
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