This paper presents a new motion planning primitive to be used for the iterative steering of vision-based autonomous vehicles. This primitive is a parameterized quintic spline, denoted as eta-spline, that allows interpolating an arbitrary sequence of points with overall second-order geometric (G2-) continuity. Issues such as completeness, minimality, regularity, symmetry, and flexibility of these G2-splines are addressed in the exposition. The development of the new primitive is tightly connected to the inversion control of nonholonomic car-like vehicles. The paper also exposes a supervisory strategy for iterative steering that integrates feedback vision data processing with the feedforward inversion control.
Quintic G2-splines for the Iterative Steering of Vision-based Autonomous Vehicles / A. PIAZZI; C. GUARINO LO BIANCO; M. BERTOZZI; A. FASCIOLI; A. BROGGI. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS. - ISSN 1524-9050. - 3, NO. 2(2002), pp. 27-36. [10.1109/6979.994793]