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Is a gyro sensor so important when using nav stack?

I applied nav stack to my robot, which does NOT have a gyro sensor.
I also have a turtlebot and setup it.

Apparently, turtlebot moves better than my robot.
My robot more often stop and rotate in that place.
I think it's because parameter tuning is not the best.
However, partly, I think it's due to no gyro sensor on my robot.

If you use nav stack without a gyro sensor,
do you feel it works well?
Without a gyro sensor,
does the capability of nav stack(Especially amcl) decay remarkably?

Originally posted by moyashi on ROS Answers with karma: 721 on 2012-12-05

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Comment by cagatay on 2012-12-06:
IMUs and Gyros are making your odometry data better. It is not necessary but consider that your odometry error because of only wheel encoders are incremental. If you want to have a better odometry without using gyros or imus, you can filter your odometry data by using robot_pose_ekf package

Comment by moyashi on 2013-01-29:
Thank you, I consider whether to use the package.


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In our lab we use Turtlebots with IRobot Roomba which does not have Gyro. I can confirm that navigation stack works great on them. Probably you just have to tune some parameters for your robot. Maybe this can help you: http://www.ros.org/wiki/navigation/Tutorials/RobotSetup

Best regards

Originally posted by Grega Pusnik with karma: 460 on 2012-12-05

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Comment by Lorenz on 2012-12-06:
I also can confirm that move_base works fine without a gyro. It's just important that the odometry is accurate and provides accurate velocity measurements. Also, don't use map but odom as reference frame for your local costmap. The global costmap should use map though.

Comment by moyashi on 2013-01-29:
Thank you for your comments. I had a problem about transformation of odometry. After I solved it, my robot worked correctry.


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