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Method and System for Vehicular Guidance Using a Crop Image

Reference Number: K 06-24

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Owner: Kansas State University Research Foundation

USPTO Link:7,570,783

Invention Summary

The method and system for vehicular guidance comprises an imaging device for collecting color image data to facilitate distinguishing crop image data (e.g., crop rows) from background data. A definer defines a series of scan line segments generally perpendicular to a transverse axis of the vehicle or of the imaging device. An image parameter evaluator determines scan line image parameter data for each of the scan line segments. An alignment detector (e.g., search engine) identifies a preferential heading of the vehicle that is generally aligned with respect to a crop feature, associated with the crop image data, based on the determined scan line image parameter meeting or exceeding a maximum value or minimum threshold value. A reliability estimator estimates a reliability of the vehicle heading based on compliance with a criteria for scan line image parameter data associated with one or more crop rows.