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A Safety Architecture for Autonomous Agricultural Vehicles

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  2012 Dallas, Texas, July 29 - August 1, 2012  121337110.(doi:10.13031/2013.41743)
Authors:   David Kohanbash, Marcel Bergerman, Karen M Lewis, Stewart J Moorehead
Keywords:   Agricultural robotics, Autonomous orchard vehicle, Vehicle safety, Human-machine interface, StandardsIntroduction

Sixty years after debuting in industrial environments, robots are making their way into our everyday life. Farmers have benefited for some time from self-guided machinery including combines and harvesters. More recently, multi-purpose autonomous vehicles have started to be deployed in orchards, groves, nurseries, and other agricultural environments to automate or augment operations such as pruning, thinning, harvesting, mowing, and spraying. Successful commercialization of such vehicles will depend heavily on them being able to operate safely and avoid accidents involving humans, animals, trees, and farm infrastructure.

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