Mechatronic description of a laser autoguided vehicle for greenhouse operations

Sensors (Basel). 2013 Jan 8;13(1):769-84. doi: 10.3390/s130100769.


This paper presents a novel approach for guiding mobile robots inside greenhouses demonstrated by promising preliminary physical experiments. It represents a comprehensive attempt to use the successful principles of AGVs (auto-guided vehicles) inside greenhouses, but avoiding the necessity of modifying the crop layout, and avoiding having to bury metallic pipes in the greenhouse floor. The designed vehicle can operate different tools, e.g., a spray system for applying plant-protection product, a lifting platform to reach the top part of the plants to perform pruning and harvesting tasks, and a trailer to transport fruits, plants, and crop waste. Regarding autonomous navigation, it follows the idea of AGVs, but now laser emitters are used to mark the desired route. The vehicle development is analyzed from a mechatronic standpoint (mechanics, electronics, and autonomous control).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Agriculture*
  • Equipment Design
  • Lasers*
  • Light
  • Robotics / instrumentation*
  • Spain