Autonomous vehicles and drones

Autonomous vehicles

This research platform allows us to deploy new sensors and evaluate the approaches we are developing in autonomous mobile robotics in the areas of environmental perception, scene understanding using artificial intelligence, multi-sensor control and collaborative navigation using V2X communications.

The platform includes 2 fully instrumented (Renault ZOE) electric vehicles (sensors, computers and man-machine interfaces) automated using the 'Drive-by-wire' robotisation kit developed at the Laboratory of Digital Sciences of Nantes (LS2N). In addition, a complete and generic software environment, called ICARS, is used to control our automated vehicles in real and simulated environments.

The algorithms developed in our research activities interface directly with this environment, and tests can be carried out both in simulation and in real-life conditions.

Aerial Robotics

The Aerial Robotics platform comprises various multi-rotor UAVs, their equipment (sensors and associated hardware) and a flight arena specifically for the LS2N's research activities. 

The platform is mainly used for:
  • The design, modelling and control of a new generation of aerial systems made up of several UAVs that can be linked together by rigid bars, cables or structures with grabbers; collaborative manipulation of objects and interaction with the environment.
  • Controlling of a fleet of UAVs with variable dynamics and the study of anomalies.
  • Controlling aggressive trajectories.
Published on November 17, 2023 Updated on February 27, 2024