Global Patent Index - EP 1319204 A1

EP 1319204 A1 2003-06-18 - METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDANCE OF AUTOMATED VEHICLES

Title (en)

METHOD OF AND APPARATUS FOR GUIDANCE OF AUTOMATED VEHICLES

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUR FÜHRUNG VON AUTOMATISCHEN FAHRZEUGEN

Title (fr)

PROCEDE ET APPAREIL DE GUIDAGE DESTINES A DES VEHICULES AUTOMATISES

Publication

EP 1319204 A1 (EN)

Application

EP 01971549 A

Priority

  • CA 0101281 W
  • CA 2318686 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0223296A1] The invention relates to a method of and an apparatus for guiding automated vehicles, particularly in a mine environment. The invention provides for an assembly for and method of providing a simulated towing action for automated vehicles. The assembly comprises a towing vehicle, an automated vehicle including drive means, steering actuation means and a controller connected to the drive and steering actuation means for control thereof, a tow frame towed behind the towing vehicle, and guiding means mounted on the tow frame and the automated vehicle for providing information to the controller of the relative spacing and orientation of the automated vehicle relative to the tow frame, whereby the controller controls the automated vehicle to cause the automated vehicle to follow the path travelled by the towing vehicle, and wherein the tow frame ensures adequate spacing between the towing vehicle and the automated vehicle. The invention also provides for a tow frame for use in an assembly comprising a towing vehicle and an automated vehicle intended to follow the towing vehicle in a manner of a simulated tow.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

G05D 1/02

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

G05D 1/02 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

G05D 1/0295 (2013.01); G05D 2201/021 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0223296A1

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

EPO simple patent family

WO 0223296 A1 20020321; AU 9154501 A 20020326; CA 2318686 A1 20020312; EP 1319204 A1 20030618

INPADOC legal status


2004-10-06 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20040401

2003-06-18 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20030410

2003-06-18 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

2003-06-18 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO

- Countries: AL LT LV MK RO SI