Adjustment of vehicle-implement trajectories to compensate for lateral implement offset

  • US 6,804,587 B1
  • Filed: 11/15/2001
  • Issued: 10/12/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system to maintain the position of an implement, capable of being moved by a vehicle, over a period of time, the system comprising:

  • a sensor to determine a position of the implement as a function of time;

    a controller including memory, functionally coupled to said sensor;

    said memory storing positional data defining a desire path and further storing program instructions executable by said controller, to compute any change in position of the implement and to compute any modification in real time to maintain said implement on said desired path; and

    means, coupled to said controller, for maintaining said implement according to said any modifications computed by said executable program;

    wherein said controller is capable or receiving a lateral offset to identify a deviation between the implement and the desired path; and

    wherein said program instructions further comprise instructions to maintain the vehicle along a vehicle path defined as a function of said lateral offset and said desired path.

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