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Implementing SLAM on a car-like robot using the navigation stack in ROS.

asked 2012-08-02 12:23:13 -0500

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Hi everyone, I have been assigned to work on Ackermann type robot and my task is to make it autonomous and implement SLAM on it. I did consider ros-navigation stack and I came across this post

Before I shoot out my questions,I would like to give a picture of whats going on. here is video for my robot:

Components of the robot: 1.sdc2130 motor driver 2.encoders from US digital 3.SICK LIDAR(LMS-200) 4.2 lead acid(12 V ) batteries. 5.2 DC motors

Goals: 1.To achieve SLAM in unkown environment and also to achieve autonomous navigation and obstacle avoidance.

Tasks accomplished: 1.Developed a ros node for the motor control as shown in the video. 2.Developed a ros node for reading the encoder values and pumping out the data to the odometry node.

Things yet to be done: 1.identifying the ideal motion primitive and implementing it in the ros-navigation(which I have no clue how to start). 2. Rewriting the local planner.

Questions: 1. I would like to know whether the navigation stack could be implemented successfully in this type of robot. 2.Is there any other approach in ROS to achieve SLAM in this type of robot?.

I am aware that the files trajectory_planner.cpp ,trajectory_planner.h(Local planner) in navigation/base_local_planner are the ones which need editing. I also need to know how to choose the right motion primitives in SBPL and how to implement it in ros navigation stack.

Please share your views on this. Thanks for your time.

regards, Karthikeyan Yuvaraj

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answered 2012-08-06 22:31:22 -0500

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I am trying to implement navigation stack for robots with steering control. You can see current version on, but there are many errors. You need "ackermann_plugin_gazebo", "car_like_simulation", "carlike_local_planner" folders.

I have implemented navigation stack only gazebo robot model. You can try run simulation by command

roslaunch car_like_simulation car_like_simulation.launch

Example of simulation

Regards, Alex

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Thanks for the link, your work looks interesting. If you like, we should link it to the Ackermann steering wiki page.

joq gravatar image joq  ( 2012-08-07 08:09:38 -0500 )edit

Thank you. I do not mind.

Alexandr Buyval gravatar image Alexandr Buyval  ( 2012-08-07 21:01:09 -0500 )edit

answered 2012-08-02 18:00:08 -0500

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There is a ROS Ackermann steering interest group, which held some discussions and a review on the subject. That work is still quite preliminary. There is no general navigation solution that I know about.

For motion primitives, we recommend using the messages in the ackermann_msgs package.

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