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Method for determining projected obstacle areas for moving obstacles

A method involves calculating a closest point of approach (CPA) between a vehicle and a moving obstacle, determining the CPA is within a pre-determined distance from the vehicle at a point in time along the vehicle path, calculating a projected obstacle area (POA) for the moving obstacle, and modifying the vehicle path so the vehicle avoids the POA. The POA is a polygonal region between the boundaries calculated by determining a first point in time along the obstacle path that the moving obstacle is within the pre-determined distance, determining a second point in time along the obstacle path that the moving obstacle is within the pre-determined distance, creating a first line on one side of a midpoint line based upon a pre-determined angle of uncertainty, and creating a second line on the other side of the midpoint line based upon the pre-determined angle of uncertainty.
Inventors: 

Jacoby R. Larson, Michael H. Bruch

Patent Number: 
US7957858
Patent Issue Date: 
July 7, 2011
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