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How to create a car from scratch in ROS

asked 2017-04-20 04:44:42 -0600

aleksandra gravatar image

Hello! I want to create a specific car in ROS - Ford Mondeo and i can't find a something like tutorial or examples of creating cars from scratch (these cars should look well, I mean look like a car, not like rectangle with wheels) and simulate them in rviz. Do you have some ideas which programs or packages I should use. Thanks a lot

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Are you sure rviz is the best tool for your job? It seems to be designed as a diagnostic and monitoring tool, not for photorealism. Might you be better off with a gaming engine like Unity, or some 3-D rendering tool? Why does it have to "look like a car"?

Mark Rose gravatar image Mark Rose  ( 2017-04-20 13:11:58 -0600 )edit

We are working in ROS and we want to present our vehicle to our partners

aleksandra gravatar image aleksandra  ( 2017-04-24 06:13:24 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-04-20 20:32:48 -0600

Geoff gravatar image

If you want to make a car robot in ROS that looks pretty like a real car, you need a CAD model of a car that looks like a real car, preferably one with the wheels as separate models. You will then need to convert that model into a format that Gazebo and rViz can understand, such as the STL format or COLLADA .dae files. You can then use that to create a URDF or SRDF by using the CAD models as the visual representation of the links for the robot model. See the URDF tutorials for how to build a URDF file and make it usable in simulation and visualisation. In those tutorials, replace the cylinders and boxes with <mesh> tags that point to your CAD files.

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Thanks a lot!!!

aleksandra gravatar image aleksandra  ( 2017-04-24 06:11:41 -0600 )edit

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