The Route and Mission Development Tool™ (RMDT™) is a software package that enables a user to define a-priori routes and mission objectives for the autonomous vehicle. An easy "point The and click" graphical interface allows the user to define and create roads, road segments, road properties, zones and zone properties on a geo-referenced aerial image of the operating area.
The RMDT is a software package that enables a user to define a-priori routes and mission objectives for the autonomous vehicle. To create this information, the user imports a geo-referenced aerial image of the operating area into the RMDT. Once imported, the user will create and define road segments and zones through a “point and click” graphical interface. The user will then define road segment and zone properties such as names, sizes, number of lanes, lane directions, and entry and exit points. Once these properties are defined, the user will export this map into a RNDF (Route Network Definition File) for loading into the Mission Planner.
After the RNDF is created, the user will create the mission objectives by selecting the starting location and the desired checkpoints on the map. The checkpoints are the locations in which the autonomous vehicle will navigate to complete the mission. Through the RMDT, the autonomous vehicle path is automatically generated based on optimal paths using the criteria established in the Mission Planner. Once the checkpoints are defined, the user will export this information into a MDF (Mission Definition File) for loading into the Mission Planner. For advanced applications, multiple MDFs can be created to command multiple vehicles.