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India and Japan to collaborate on Next Generation Navigation System for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)

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India and Japan to collaborate on Next Generation Navigation System for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV)
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India and Japan have joined forces to pioneer the Next Generation Navigation System for Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), marking a significant milestone in defense technology.

Japan’s Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA), a crucial arm of the Ministry of Defense, and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have successfully concluded a collaborative research project. This joint endeavor was dedicated to advancing Visual SLAM-based GNSS Augmentation for UGVs and Robotics.

Named “Project Arrangement Concerning the Visual SLAM-based GNSS Augmentation for UGV/Robotics between Japan and India,” the project aimed to create an innovative navigation system for autonomous military vehicles. Key players in this collaboration were ATLA’s Future Capabilities Development Center and DRDO’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR).

This successful research initiative is a substantial leap forward for both countries. The primary focus was on developing a navigation system that leverages Visual SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) technology to enhance the accuracy and reliability of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) for UGVs and robots functioning in challenging terrains.

In environments like urban canyons or dense forests where GNSS signals may be unreliable or inaccessible, Visual SLAM technology comes to the rescue. It enables UGVs and robots to navigate by generating a real-time map of their surroundings using onboard cameras. The integration of Visual SLAM data with GNSS data is aimed at creating a navigation system that is more robust and reliable for autonomous military vehicles.

The successful completion of this collaborative research paves the way for further advancements in UGV and robotics technology in both Japan and India. The navigation system developed through this project has the potential to significantly enhance the operational capabilities of autonomous military vehicles, enabling them to operate more efficiently in diverse and complex environments.

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