Method and apparatus for establishing a perimeter defining an area to be traversed by a mobile machine

  • US 6,112,143 A
  • Filed: 08/06/1998
  • Issued: 08/29/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/06/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A method for establishing a perimeter of a work area for a mobile machine, the method comprising the steps of:

  • a) positioning the mobile machine at one location on the perimeter;

    b) generating signals representing the instantaneous position in at least two-dimensional space of a portion of the mobile machine;

    c) activating means for receiving the position signals in a data storage and retrieval means;

    d) positioning the mobile machine at another location on the perimeter;

    e) repeating steps b) through d) until the mobile machine is positioned at a final location on the perimeter; and

    (f) planning a pattern of work paths of the work area by a control system computer located on the mobile machine, the pattern of work paths being a function of the perimeter, the work area, and the mobile machine.

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