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What file formats does ROS require?

asked 2022-11-13 09:33:15 -0600

Treta gravatar image

Hey, I am new to ROS. Let's assume I have a LIDAR sensor that outputs files in .LAS. Can ROS just read these files or do you have to convert the data?

in general, what types of data can ROS read?

Sorry if this might be a "dump question"

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answered 2022-11-16 07:36:37 -0600

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A ROS node will be responsible for controlling the LiDAR, reading the scan data and publishing /scan topics which other nodes can subscribe to. Also the /scan topics (along with other desired topics) can be “recorded” with a ROS utility, for later “playback”.

So no, ROS cannot use .LAS format scans. The manufacturer of your LiDAR will have a ROS and ROS2 node that you will install and run on your ROS robot.

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