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How to start project for an autonomous vehicle

asked 2014-09-03 07:23:36 -0600

schultza gravatar image


I think this is not the common way of questions asked here but I just give it a try. I am working at a project in which a car should autonomous drive in a predefined map and with predefined endposition. This should be solved with the use of ROS and Gazebo (for now i guess it is not that important that it is really a car - it could also be an example robot or whatever). My problem here is that i can't find a suitable example project to get started with this. So I am pretty unsure how to launch such a project.

For now I am using ROS Indigo and Gazebo 2.2 on Ubuntu 14.04

Can you give me an outline or some examples how you could start with such a project?


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answered 2014-09-03 12:45:02 -0600

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The self-driving car team at the University of Texas ran ROS on their self-driving car for quite a while before it was retired in 2013. Most of their work is publicly available and documented on the ROS wiki.

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I already saw this, but there work is not compatible to indigo am I wrong?

schultza gravatar image schultza  ( 2014-09-04 03:51:52 -0600 )edit

In general, older ROS packages should work with newer versions of ROS. In any case, it's better than starting from scratch.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2014-09-05 00:44:51 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-03 09:06:18 -0600

Rabe gravatar image

I think the turtlebots have use the navigation stack to achieve something like you describe.

I currently can't access the ros wiki, but there is a list of available packages with a short descripton. See if you can find something that suits your needs. I never used the navigation features, but I think there were some fairly detailed tutorials for the turtlebot.

TL;DR: I think it's possible, google for "ROS turtlebot navigation"

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Same here:

No Indigo support isn't it?

Oh there is branch for indigo but no tutorials

schultza gravatar image schultza  ( 2014-09-04 03:52:47 -0600 )edit

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