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Methods and Systems for Simultaneous Localization and Calibration

Patent (2018)

Abstract

Examples relate to simultaneous localization and calibration. An example implementation may involve receiving sensor data indicative of markers detected by a sensor on a vehicle located at vehicle poses within an environment, and determining a pose graph representing the vehicle poses and the markers. For instance, the pose graph may include edges associated with a cost function representing a distance measurement between matching marker detections at different vehicle poses. The distance measurement may incorporate the different vehicle poses and a sensor pose on the vehicle. The implementation may further involve determining a sensor pose transform representing the sensor pose on the vehicle that optimizes the cost function associated with the edges in the pose graph, and providing the sensor pose transform. In further examples, motion model parameters of the vehicle may be optimized as part of a graph-based system as well or instead of sensor calibration.

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