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Final Report - AGAVE (AGV nAvigation system based on flexible and innovatiVE UWB positioning)

Project ID: 17668
Funded under: FP6-SME


AGAVE was a European funded project within the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) whose overall objective was to develop an advanced guidance system for Automatic guided vehicles (AGV) which would constitute a next-generation positioning system allowing both indoor and outdoor transportation with unparalleled flexibility. The project aimed to make available a totally innovative free-range navigation system allowing integrated operation and instantaneous transition in indoor and outdoor environments, even over large areas.

The core of the innovation would be the AGAVE positioning system - implemented thanks to the implementation of advanced sensor fusion techniques - for the concurrent and synergetic exploitation of three complementary positioning approaches:
- Ultra-wide band (UWB) for indoor and outdoor short/medium range navigation, with high positioning accuracy (loading and unloading from operating machines0;
- differential Global positioning system (GPS) for outdoor, long/very long range navigation with medium positioning accuracy;
- dead reckoning (odometer) for continuous instantaneous information from wheel encoders and possibly, gyroscope.

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