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aligning map to map_frame origin

asked 2017-11-30 00:51:00 -0600

cheng1234567 gravatar image


I am using two ekf_localization_nodes and one navsat_transform_node from robot_localization package. One ekf_localization_node is used to fuse wheel encoder and imu data, the other one is used to fuse wheel encoder, imu and GPS data (output from the navsat_transform_node). So far this setup has been working more or less fine.

My question is this:

When the robot initialises, it takes the first GPS data received and set that as the origin of the map_frame in rviz. Because previously I have just been looking at the trajectories of the GPS data and the odometry/filtered_map, there wasn't a need to use a map. However, currently I would like to map this trajectory onto a map to see if the trajectory is correct. Assuming that I already have a .pgm map of the location, how can I map the starting position of the robot (aka the first GPS data) onto this map? I can't fix a starting point on the map itself as well because everytime the first GPS data will be different. Is there a way to automatically map the first GPS data to the correct position on the .pgm map?

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2018-01-26 02:38:37 -0600

Tom Moore gravatar image

Have you considered using mapviz?

You can just turn on publish_filtered_gps in navsat_transform_node and plot it directly, I would think.

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