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This paper describes an outdoor positioning system that can be applied for an urban canyon by using an omni-directional IR camera and the DSM (Digital Surface Model). The image captured by an ER camera has high robustness to light disturbances in the outdoor environment. The omni-directional image, which includes several building profiles, is compared with building-restoration images that are calculated from the corresponding DSM in order to identify the self-position. Field experiments at Fujisawa City show that the proposed outdoor positioning method is valid and effective even if high-rise buildings cause satellite blockages affecting GPS measurements.


Meguro, Jun-ichi;  Murata, Taishi;  Nishimura, Hidetoshi;  Amano, Yoshiharu;  Hasizume, Takumi;  Takiguchi, Jun-ichi

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