I'm doing an autonomous navigation project as my Capstone project with a Raspberry Pi 3 in c/c++ and I'm trying to figure out how to deal with the robot's locating. A robot has been given to me, it already receives user input to be controlled manually with an Arduino(receives characters from a RPI: 'f' = forward, 'r' = rotate etc). I will list the details for a bit of organization:
- RPLiDAR A2(2D LiDAR)
- Servo(changes lidars pitch up and down to make 3D point clouds)
**With the code I've written so far in C++ from scratch I'm able to:**
- Convert spherical coordinates to xyz Point Cloud
- Discard points higher than robot and floor(not going to collide with those)
- Make a 2D map with the points (ignoring z-axis)
- Merge a new "map" to the main map using the robot's new position and yaw(I've only tested this manually, no IMU)
- Can't use a raw 2D data(RPLiDAR without change in pitch) to ensure it detects objects higher and lower than the LiDAR.
**Additional tools I'm using:**
- D* Lite algoritm in C++ (not mine, so not too emotionally attached, the 2D map has been tested with it)
- GNUplot (just to confirm I'm processing the raw coordinates correctly)
After some research I've found out even with filters an IMU is not very reliable(at least by itself). I read yesterday about the SLAM algorithm and found out about the existence of ROS (wow...if I only knew beforehand...). I've been reading on how to use ROS and I've found a lot of different SLAM packages and also a package called robot_localization which takes odometry, pose and IMU messages.
I want to use the code I've written so far(make and merge 3D clouds and 2D maps) but I would like to use ROS to make things easier with the robot's locating and following the path returned by the D* algorithm(or maybe use a ROS pathfinding package?). Can I convert the 3D cloud(filtering floor and high points) to 2D map and use the SLAM algorithm? I'm still a little lost on what package is more practical(and light for the rpi3) for the data I have at hand, I'm totally new to ROS and would really appreciate to be pointed to an efficient approach to solve the locating and following the D* path.
Post score: 0