ROS Resources: Documentation | Support | Discussion Forum | Index | Service Status | ros @ Robotics Stack Exchange
Ask Your Question

slam gmapping real time on rviz

asked 2016-01-25 20:56:35 -0600

learner88 gravatar image

Hi all,

I am doing slam gmapping on my robot. i run rviz so that I can visualise the map real time. However, the map seems to take a long time before appearing.

rostopic echo /scan provides data quickly. rostopic echo /map_metadata about 40seconds before data is being churned. rostopic echo /map gives a huge array of -1

since map_metadata has a delay 40 seconds, i am guessing this is the cause for the delay in the visualisation of map in rviz. Is there a parameter where i can tune to fasten map output?

Thank you.

edit retag flag offensive close merge delete

1 Answer

Sort by ยป oldest newest most voted

answered 2016-01-26 02:11:38 -0600

mgruhler gravatar image

updated 2016-02-01 01:27:37 -0600

Check out the wiki page (maybe you want to have a look at wiki pages before asking questions about parameters) and the parameter map_update_interval which is by default set to 5.0.

Note that the visualization(!) of the map is actually not when scans are integrated, but only when a new gridmap is assembled and sent out over the topic. Also note, that the robot needs to move for scans to be integrated.


Well, if the maps are distorted and it still takes a long time, you probably have some problem with the mapping process itself. Maybe also not enough processing power? Parameters that might lower computational requirements: throttle_scans, maxUrange, linear/angularUpdate, temporalUpdate, particles.

However, note that some of those parameters might result in even worse maps.

edit flag offensive delete link more


Hi mig, thank you for your answers. I know of the parameter map_update_interval and have already lowered it to 1.0. But the processing still takes a long time and the subsequent maps produced are always distorted. Hence i thought that there may be some other parameters that I can tweak.

learner88 gravatar image learner88  ( 2016-01-31 21:04:17 -0600 )edit

Question Tools

1 follower


Asked: 2016-01-25 20:56:35 -0600

Seen: 1,647 times

Last updated: Feb 01 '16