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Spawning Multiple Turtles in a python

asked 2019-05-28 16:56:55 -0600

jeffersonkim97 gravatar image


I am trying to use multiple turtles in turtlesim to move from one waypoint to another. What I am trying to do is having multiple turtles with different waypoints and turtles would talk to each other to avoid multiple turtles choosing identical waypoints.

So far I was able to spawn different turtles in terminal using ROSSERVICE in turtorial, and I am aware that we can use roslaunch file to spawn multiple turtles, but I am not sure these methods can serve my purpose. I think it would be best to spawn multiple turtles on a python script to make them communicate each other, but I am not sure if there is a tutorial already exist for this case.

Any advice?

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Can you please update your question with a link to the tutorial that you're referring to?

jayess gravatar image jayess  ( 2019-06-08 13:51:56 -0600 )edit

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answered 2019-06-08 05:13:52 -0600

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updated 2019-06-08 13:50:35 -0600

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What do you mean you spawned different turtles using ROSSERVICE, did you use something like this?

rosservice call /spawn 2 7 0.2 "another_turtle"

In that case, every time you spawn a new turtle, you will be able to move it independently publishing command velocities under the namespace of the new turtles, in the example above it would be:


Therefore, you can move it by:

rostopic pub /another_turtle/cmd_vel geometry_msgs/Twist "linear:
  x: 2.0
  y: 0.0
  z: 0.0
  x: 0.0
  y: 0.0
  z: 0.0"

Then, if you want to move and control all the turtles to different waypoints, you need to write a program which:

  • Checks where the turtles are.
  • Compute, for each turtle, a way to get to their goal.
  • Follow their paths and coordinate their movements if necessary (your planner may be able to do so already)
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