Patent Number: 7,613,553

Title: Unmanned vehicle control system

Abstract: A method for autonomously controlling a vehicle includes establishing decision variables for maneuvering the vehicle. Behavior functions are established for behaviors of the vehicle as a function of at least one of the established decision variables. These behavior function give a score which may be weighted, indicating the desirability of engaging in the associated behavior. A summation of the weighted behavior functions can be solved while the vehicle is operating to determine the values of the decision variables giving the highest summation of scores. In a preferred method, an optimal structure for the behavior functions and summation solution is taught. The method then guides the vehicle in accordance with the determined decision variable values.

Inventors: Benjamin; Michael R. (Boston, MA)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy

International Classification: G08G 9/02 (20060101); G01C 22/00 (20060101); G05B 19/18 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/03/02017