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System and method for relative localization

Localization systems and methods for unambiguously determining the range, bearing, and relative heading of a neighboring object relative to a reference point are provided. The systems and methods utilize a triangulation-based approach, wherein the range and heading information is based on measurements of angles between a reference coordinate system superposed on the reference point to a minimum of three target points on the neighboring object. The target points can include a minimum of three uniquely discernible beacons mounted to the neighboring object. A sensor capable of detecting the beacons is mounted at the reference point. The range and heading of the neighboring object can be calculated by an analysis of the geometries of the beacons and the reference point.
Inventors: 

Roger J. Anderson

Patent Number: 
US9134403
Patent Issue Date: 
October 15, 2015
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