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Autonomous Navigation and Security: A 13’000h/3’000km Case Study

This paper presents the design of an autonomous mobile platform and its security system. The MB835 mobile platform has been adopted for RoboX, a fully autonomous tour guide robot. In 2002, 11 of these tour guides have served the Robotics exhibition at Expo.02 (Swiss National Exhibition) from May 15 to October 20. This project has been conjointly conducted by the Autonomous Systems Lab, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and BlueBotics SA the spin-off company of the lab, which has produced the robots. The goal was to maximize the autonomy and mobility of the platform while ensuring high performance, robustness and security. The paper presents the platform, its navigation and security, which resulted in the ANT product (Autonomous Navigation Technology) and the results of the Robotics exhibition as empirical validation of the whole system.

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