So you are passionate about developing smarter autonomous robots? The Visual Teach & Repeat Package from ClearPath can help. It enables long-range autonomous operation of mobile robots in outdoor environments using only a stereo camera. As the company explains:
Similar to how you would learn to drive in a new area, this navigation method has two phases: “teach phase” and “repeat phase”. During the teach phase, the robot is manually driven to build a map or route network. The VT&R processes captured images by extracting features and estimating records of a persona and attitude of the robot. In a similar way, learning a new area requires you to drive all over the area and build a sort of “mental map” of the roads.
The kit has a web-based user interface to allow the operators to interact with it intuitively. VT&R has an advanced image processing, adjustable path planning, and configurable path tracking modules. It has an ROS agnostic data logger.