Celestial navigation system for an autonomous vehicle

  • US 8,972,052 B2
  • Filed: 11/03/2009
  • Issued: 03/03/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/07/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A navigation control system for an autonomous vehicle, the system comprising:

  • a transmitter comprising;

    a first emitter for emitting a first signal;

    a second emitter for emitting a second signal;

    a power source for powering both the first emitter and the second emitter;

    an antenna for capturing wireless energy; and

    a printed circuit board for converting the captured wireless energy to a form for charging the power source powering both the first emitter and the second emitter; and

    an autonomous vehicle operating within a working area, the autonomous vehicle having a receiving system comprising;

    a receiver for detecting the first and second signals; and

    a processor for determining a relative location of the autonomous vehicle within the working area based on the first and second signals, wherein a source of the wireless energy is located on the autonomous vehicle.

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