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ROS navigation real-world implementation ?

asked 2014-07-16 08:23:50 -0600

2ROS0 gravatar image

updated 2014-07-31 22:01:54 -0600


I was wondering if there are any real-world systems using the ROS navigation package? I'm talking about commercially applied robots. Does anyone have any info of ROS navigation implementations in general as well?

For example: There is a bridge inspection robot and a couple of agricultural robots I know of but they are startups and not completely commercialized AFAIK.

Thank you.

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So you're looking for active commercial applications that use the ROS navigation stack/metapackage? There are quite a few packages in it. Are you interested in the use of any of them?

Tom Moore gravatar image Tom Moore  ( 2014-07-16 08:48:45 -0600 )edit

It seems like a lot of good code structured into a nice integrative format. So I was wondering if anyone was configuring the whole structure for their robots and making it into an actual product. Even examples of implementation of individual packages will be nice.

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-07-16 09:06:08 -0600 )edit

Or is it at this point more of a research and University focused effort.

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-07-16 09:07:25 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-07-16 09:25:29 -0600

David Lu gravatar image

At the very least, Clearpath's robots fit your description.

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That's true. But then again Clearpath as well is effectively a prototyping platform used by many Universities and research organisations. Have their robots been used in say agriculture or manufacturing or defense or whatever w/ ROS navigation?

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-07-16 09:55:12 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-10-02 13:57:54 -0600

Sorry for the delay on the reply! Martin from Clearpath Robotics here, you are correct that we sell research platforms, but we also have a services portions of our organization that designs planty of Robots using the ROS navigation packages in real world applications, unfourtnatly I can't talk about them too much, but you can check out our custom services page


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I think he was asking for some implementations in code of the navigation stack :-) It is also open source and available here

DevonW gravatar image DevonW  ( 2014-10-02 14:29:50 -0600 )edit

@MartinCote Thank you for your response. That page you linked to was very informative and it's good to know there are some applications (albeit secret ATM) using ROS navigation on your robots.

Hope to see them in the real world soon.

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-10-03 10:42:42 -0600 )edit

@2ROS0, @DevonW, possible interest: For compatibility reasons, the Husky (public) implementation is relatively stale. The Jackal has much more up-to-date public demos which are currently under active development here. Husky ports will follow in Indigo.

Ryan gravatar image Ryan  ( 2014-10-10 20:16:43 -0600 )edit

So if I'm currently developing an application in simulation in Gazebo and it doesn't matter to an extent which robot I use, would you recommend using the Jackal packages? (Hydro and Ubuntu 12)

Edit: I don't see a Hydro branch for Jackal

2ROS0 gravatar image 2ROS0  ( 2014-10-22 13:20:36 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-07-16 09:42:06 -0600

pnambiar gravatar image

I know that the segbot (segbot_navigation package) implements ROS navigation

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