Navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. Robot navigation includes exploration, mapping, localization, path planning and path execution

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### Autonomous vessel general design

I have been asking a couple of questions here and around on autonomous boats and finally I decided to post the design and gather some feedback. The idea is to build a small vessel capable of advanced ...
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### Good 3D simulator for outdoor autonomous navigation

What's an appropriate tool for simulating a car driving in a simple closed-loop racetrack? I'm trying to implement the control logic for an autonomous vehicle, and I'd like to be able to first ...
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### ROS NavStack with Skid Steering robots

I am migrating from a differential drive design to a skid steering design for my robot, and I want to know how easy would it be to use the NavStack with skid steering. Would there be any problems in ...
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### VFH/VFH+ Axis Orientation & Sensor Angles

I have been struggling with trying to get the VFH+ implementation working correctly using Orca-Robotics implementation which seems to be the same implementation used in the ROS package and MATLAB and ...
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### ORB-SLAM pose estimation

I've been reading about ORB-SLAM and ORB-SLAM2, but I can't quite figure out how pose estimation is done. I see that it uses a bag-of-word method for loop detection, but how are current features ...
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### How to publish odometry from 3 wheeled omnidirectional robot?

I'm new to ROS and robotics and I'm trying to implement the ROS navigation stack in a 3 wheeled omnidirectional robot. I already made the map using RTABMap but now I'm stuck in the 'Publishing ...
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### Particle filter with error states

I am new to particle filters and I have a particle filter based on this: $$x_{k+1} = f_{k}(x_{k},\omega_{k})$$ $$y_{k+1} = h_{k}(x_{k},v_{k})$$ x = [\delta \phi, \delta \theta, \delta \psi, \delta ...
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### Position-Attitude Kalman filter with Quaternions

I want to design an EKF to estimate the position of a UAV. If I were doing this with Euler angles then I would have a state vector that would look like \begin{bmatrix}north&east&down&...
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### Are there any open source path planning libraries that implement Voronoi diagram techniques?

I've been looking into path planning for a non-holonomic robot with 3 DOF in a 2D plane and recently learned about Voronoi diagrams but I cannot find any open source planning libraries that use this ...
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### What happened to Butler's car?

Having read the article "This Car Has Electric Brains" in Popular Mechanics, August 1958 I have some questions. How practical were his methods? Was his work acquired by a car manufacturer or some ...
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### What is the intuitive explanation of using Jacobian of observation model while calculating Kalman gain in EKF SLAM?

The idea of using Kalman gain in EKF SLAM is to figure out how much we trust our motion model and sensor/observation model. As explained in The Extended Kalman Filter: An Interactive Tutorial for Non-...
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### Testbed for testing navigation algorithms

I'm looking for a testbed (simulator or web-based interface that lets me to have control on a robot) for testing different routing and navigation algorithms. Is there such a system on the web?
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### How many landmark measurements to localize a planar robot?

How many landmark measurements are required to localize a robot (i.e. find its x,y position and orientation) moving in a 2D world using 1. only range measurements 2. range plus bearing measurements?
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While going through this Page on different types of navigations used in AGV's for Industrial Environments. I came across natural navigation which claims to reduce installation time and cost for the ...
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### Differential GPS or Simple GPS for Robot navigation and odometry?

I am building a rover which can navigate autonomously. I do not want to use wheel encoders for generating robot odometry since it causes drifts due to slippage etc. I want to use GPS for generating ...
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### Is a Genetic alogorithm suitable for mobile robot path planning?

Regarding my project work, I have to write an algorithm for mobile robot planning. For that, I have chosen Genetic algorithm. Is it good for mobile robot path planning? If it is, then where can I ...
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### Hector_navigaton on ROS Melodic error

I'm a newbie on robotics, and currently, I'm working on a project to make an autonomous robot that can mapping the surrounding environment and decide the shortest route towards the goal while avoiding ...
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### How do robots move parallel to a wall/line?

I have been studying robotics by myself, lately. I noticed that there are various mapping, localization methods (popularly under SLAM), but are there concepts relating to the robot moving in a ...
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### How does a Tesla or any self-driving car self-drive to a remote place and align itself to an object?

I am trying to understand the technology/procedure related to one of the trivial functions of a modern self-driving cars. Let us consider the example of Tesla's Model S (or any). The car is parked at ...
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### irobot create 2: random changes in driving speed

I am trying to make the Create2 dance a specific choreography. I´m not using the sensors, I just let it drive and turn for a specific amount of time. In general it works fine. But after working with ...
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### How to efficiently update a local Cartesian frame when traveling over long distances on a curved earth

I have a mobile robot which receives GPS position (lat/lon) and has an IMU for handling gaps in GPS service. I want to be able to conduct short distance planning in a Cartesian plane, but the robot ...
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### How quickly can a driverless vehicle generate control commands?

Can anyone give me a typical frequency that a driverless vehicle could generate steering and motor thrust commands? I am trying to model a driverless vehicle in MatLab. Right now the vehicle is ...
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### Implementing pure pursuit problem in robot navigation? [closed]

I would like to implement pure pursuit waypoints navigation. we know that, look ahead distance=look ahead gain*vehicle forward velocity How can I calculate look ahead velocity gain/look ahead gain? ...
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### Is it possible to detect road surface or navigation area using LRF data or other laser data in a Park?

I would like to detect road surface in a park. In the park, only small grass are covered with the both side of the road. That means there is road and the both side of the road are covered by small ...
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### Robot Loud Alarm

We are working on a project where we want to sound an alarm if somebody is messing around with our Robot (e.g., the Robot is being shaken abruptly or the cameras/LIDARs are blocked). I am using "loud ...
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### Need to clear some concepts: AHRS - Attitude - Yaw,Pitch and Roll - MARG sensors -INS

it's been while since I started reading about INS, orientation and so for quadrotors . I faced the following terms : AHRS - Attitude - Yaw,Pitch and Roll - MARG sensors I know for example how to ...
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### Frozen map + 'Message filter dropping' - Issues with mapping and navigation in ROS2 Foxy

sorry for the long post, just want to make sure i include all the details. I am working on learning ROS2 by building a robot which maps and navigates my apartment. I'm using the RPLidar A1 sensor ...
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### Convert ECEF Velocity to NED Velocity

My GNSS modules gives me one NMEA packet with ECEF velocity. My doubt is about how i convert these 3 vectors to NED frame. Can i use the conventional matrix rotation MathWorksRef. If yes, i use the ...
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### Displaying a GPS Route (By Waypoints) on Mission Planner with Dronekit

Hope you are all doing well. I am working on a navigation project right now. According to a starting and goal location, I use Open Route Service to create a GPS Route. I have the coordinates (lateral ...
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### Rviz Status Error in Costmap: Update area outside original area

“update area outside of original map area” is the error I get when visualising the topic /move_base/global_costmap/costmap. The cost map displays correctly, there is nothing on google or the docs to ...
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### What is the definition of the phrase “ego robot”?

What does the phrase "ego robot" mean? I see it used in the context of multi robot systems like in the paper Game Theoretic Motion Planning for Multi-robot Racing by Zijian Wang, Riccardo Spica & ...
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### Hint regarding Localization & Map Scaling

I just started with mobile robotics. I'm trying to do a collaborative system between a mobile robot and a ceiling camera (Raspberry). They should do all tasks as a "team". Means Calibration, ...
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### ROS packages for *pre-planned* path navigation rather than path generation? (Turtlebot3/ROS)

I am working on a project in which users will create paths fully constrained in terms of position (using a separate piece of software), and a robot will periodically follow those paths. We are using a ...
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### Controlling Pepper using ROS

I am trying to implement FastSLAM 1.0 and I am using sensory and control data acquired from Pepper via ROS to evaluate my implementation. However I am having major issues when I try and control Pepper'...
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### Is there an open source autonomous vehicle simulator with control over traffic? [closed]

As a part of my research work I'm supposed to build or use an existing autonomous vehicle simulator, in which I can also control the behaviour of the traffic in the system, I was searching on Google ...
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### Advise on ROS move_base costmap footprint not connected error

I'm using ROS indigo in my project and all the nodes and visualisation (Rviz) seems to be functional when I launch the program using roslaunch. Here are the sensors used in the scooter: Hokuyo Lidar ...
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### Gazebo laser plug-in fails to publish scan results

I have added hokuyo laser plug-in to mu urdf file. I successfully launched the robot in gazebo and done required changes to visualize it in rviz. I didn't get any error but the laser scan results are ...
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### Accurate technique to locate position? [closed]

What is the most accurate way to locate the position and orientaion of the body during some motion (rotation and translation)? I need to track the body very precisely, the required accuracy is 100-...
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### Is it possible for a robot to navigate through predefined coordinates?

I am a total newbie in robotics so please bare with me. I have a school project where my team has to design a robot that is capable of picking up 3 golf balls in different sizes at predefined ...
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### Survey for Local Navigation [closed]

I was wondering if there was a good book or paper that surveys current techniques in local navigation? The earliest one I could find was from 2005 and I was hoping to find something more recent. I ...
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### Path following with precise positioning system (RTK) [closed]

Is there any general problem in using precise positioning (centimeter-accurate GNSS RTK system meant) for autonomous car guidance given I have a predefined path the car should follow? I mean, ...
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### How to make a robot move using Arduino other than timing to predefined locations?

How to make a robot move using Arduino other than timing to predefined locations? and without the use of sensors?? I want to make my car move to different locations on a board..want to know the ...
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### Mobile robot navigation without static map

I am working on an autonomous mobile robot based on ROS. All the tutorials and examples requires a static map which need to be generated in order to do the localization and mapping. Do i need to ...
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### Is the covariance matrix in the extended Kalman filter guaranteed to be positive definite (ignoring numerical errors)?

I understand that due to numerical errors (e.g., round off error and machine precision) that the covariance matrix may not be positive definite, but if computers had infinite precision, is the ...
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### Path-following algorithm and suggestions for mecanum robot

I have a robot with four mecanum wheels (blue square) that can move in an open-space room. The position x,y of the robot is measured in a very accurate way by a fixed position sensor (red circle) that ...
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I have a question about SLAM. Is it common for SLAM to be used for mere map generation? For instance, have a map generated using ORB-SLAM and then freeze the map for future path planning where future ...
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### Sensor complement in Drone

I saw a question posted by @Rocketmagnet (Why do I need a Kalman filter?) about the need for a Kalman filter. In that question, he says he's designing an UAV and lists the following sensors he will ...
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I have a task that involves implementing robot behaviour that will follow wall and avoid obstacles along it's path. The robot must stay at desired distance from the wall but also stick to it so it ...