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Localization with Negative Mapping

Patent (2018)

Abstract

Example embodiments include determining a map of an environment of a robotic vehicle. The map includes locations of a plurality of mapped landmarks within the environment and a false detection source region within the environment. The embodiments further include detecting a plurality of candidate landmarks, and determining which of the detected candidate landmarks correspond to one of the plurality of mapped landmarks and which correspond to false detections. The embodiments additionally include estimating a pose of the robotic vehicle within the environment. The embodiments further include determining which of the detected candidate landmarks determined to correspond to false detections fall within the false detection source region. The embodiments still further include determining a confidence level of the pose estimate based on which of the detected candidate landmarks determined to correspond to false detections fall within the false detection source region.

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