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Method and apparatus for operator supervision and direction of highly autonomous vehicles

A system for automating the control of a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) includes a computer having a processor and a memory, a display operatively coupled to the computer and configured to display a future operating condition of the RPV and an input device operatively coupled to the computer. A predicted noodle tool is executed by the processor and configured to indicate a predicted future path of the RPV by generating a predicted noodle segment on the display. A directed noodle tool is executed by the processor to indicate a pilot-adjustable proposed future flight path of the RPV by generating a directed noodle segment on the display. Further, an input device mode selector is operatively coupled to the processor and configured to selectively map the input device to either manipulate a control surface of the RPV, or to manipulate the directed noodle segment.
Inventors: 

Mark Draper

Heath Ruff

Robert Shaw

Joshua Hamell

Jeffrey Eggers

Patent Number: 
US9529357
Patent Issue Date: 
January 27, 2017
Region
Midwest
State: 
Ohio
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