I am currently involved in a project that requires me to know the offset of one vehicle's centerline from that of another, leading vehicle. My solution to this problem is to try to employ something vaguely (very, evidently) to the Instrument Landing Sytem used by aircraft during their descent and landing phase.
My testbed would involve two (lightweight, short-range) AM transmitters operating on a carrier frequency of 1MHz, separated by approximately four feet or so. I would then modulate the signal of each transmitter to 90Hz and 150Hz (or similar frequencies), respectively. As the reciever deviates from the centerline bisecting the distance between the two transmitters, I'm hoping to be able to detect whether it's to the left or the right based on depth of modulation, or some similar effect.
I should probably mention that my specialty is in aerospace engineering, not electrical engineering, so I'm hoping someone can tell me if my solution is completely off base or perhaps give me a pointer or two.
I'm not worried about wiring the transmitters or modulating the signals, but I'm unsure as to whether my solution would work how I think it will. Is it possible for me to make a reciever (optimally less than one or two pounds) to detect this offset?
Any thoughts or questions?