Development of a low cost GPS guidance system for use in agriculture

Hayllor, Nicholas (2006) Development of a low cost GPS guidance system for use in agriculture. [USQ Project]


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This project developed an accurate, cost effective GPS guidance system and developed
conceptual designs of a hands-free guidance interface for use in the agricultural sector.
The guidance system utilised two Garmin GPS 18-5 receivers to provide position data at
a rate of 5Hz. The guidance system was built upon a previous incarnation that utilised
Garmin GPS 35 receivers providing position data at a rate of 1Hz. The guidance
system currently uses an indicating arrow on a computer screen to provide guidance
information to operators.
The accuracy with which the guidance system could guide an operator in a straight
line up a paddock was quantifed by monitoring the path followed by the operators
machine out and back along a defined trajectory and then compared to current industry
standards. The accuracy of the guidance system to guide an operator along parallel
paths offset a distance from each other was also quantifed. The ability for the software
to offset over different distances was also determined.
The information collected and conclusions drawn will be used to quantify the accuracy
of the guidance system as a whole for agricultural applications.
It is hoped that the conceptual designs for the hands-free guidance interface will be
used to develop a working prototype and be tested with the guidance system in the
near future.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: global positioning position (GPS); agriculture; NMEA; YUMA
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090203 Automotive Mechatronics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4002 Automotive engineering > 400203 Automotive mechatronics and autonomous systems
40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4013 Geomatic engineering > 401302 Geospatial information systems and geospatial data modelling

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