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ROS with Chrono Engine

asked 2016-02-11 12:52:29 -0600

toddcpierce gravatar image

updated 2016-02-12 09:59:05 -0600

lucasw gravatar image

Hi All,

I was shopping for a physics engine that did, well, everything, and everybody pointed me toward Chrono.

It certainly does seem to fit the bill. Of course, not everybody is like me and wants to do molecular dynamics in the same space being used to represent your robot's CRAM belief state, but hey, it's the 21st century.

Is anybody (besides this guy: ) interfacing ROS with Chrono?


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It looks like that repo has been taken down but a few forks live on, has what look to be the latest commits from the original

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2021-10-04 08:46:41 -0600 )edit indicates that autoware has chrono integration, but unless someone were already using autoware disentangling it to use standalone seems intimidating.

lucasw gravatar image lucasw  ( 2021-10-04 08:49:29 -0600 )edit

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answered 2016-02-12 11:39:22 -0600

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The Chrono/Gazebo project that you linked is probably your best bet, combined with gazebo_ros_pkgs. Asher (author of that repo) is a grad student at the lab at University of Wisconsin Madison that founded Chrono. I haven't heard of other efforts that bridge Chrono and ROS without Gazebo.

And yes, you might want to invest in a supercomputer if you are planning on doing navigation and motion planning while running Chrono with a real-time factor of 1 :)

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