by Cagri Kilic, WVU Navigation Lab
Fast traversing is a challenging problem for planetary rovers due to safety reasons, limited energy resources and computational power. For these reasons, planetary exploration rovers traverse slow. They are slow like that we can compare them to snails at some cases. An average speed of a snail is 46 m/h and Curiosity’s driving speed when the visual sensors used is 45m/h. It is indeed there is only one driving mode for curiosity rover when it is faster than a snail and this mode is Blind Driving mode.