Step-by-step Autoware.Auto installation guide

Open source autonomous driving projects have simplified autonomous vehicle development, particularly where resources are constrained. Popular projects include Apollo (an open autonomous driving platform), openpilot (an open source driver assistance system), CARLA (an open source simulator for autonomous driving research) and Autoware.Auto (an open source autonomous driving platform). This article focuses on setting up a…Read more Step-by-step Autoware.Auto installation guide

Extracting Images and Sensor Data from ROS bag files to Python

The ROS bag file format is popular in robotics, where it is used to store ROS message data. Several tools for working with ROS bag files exist, such as rosbag (a tool for recording, playing back, and filtering data), rqt_bag (a tool for visualising rosbag data), rostopic (a tool for listing and echoing the content…Read more Extracting Images and Sensor Data from ROS bag files to Python

Converting the KITTI dataset to rosbags

The KITTI Vision Benchmark Suite dataset is a popular robotics dataset from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago. Several benchmarking datasets are provided including stereo, flow, scene flow, depth, odomerty, object, tracking, road, semantics and the raw data. To use this dataset in ROS, the streams should first be converted to…Read more Converting the KITTI dataset to rosbags

Integrating the Hokuyo URG Lidar with ROS

The Hukuyo URG is a lightweight, affordable USB powered lidar sensor. It outputs a single planar scan with 240º scanning range at 0.36º angular resolution and scan rate of 100ms/scan. This sensor can be used for, amongst other things, indoor mapping or collision avoidance. There is presently no pre-compiled driver available for ROS kinetic so…Read more Integrating the Hokuyo URG Lidar with ROS

Integrating the Intel RealSense D435 with ROS

The Intel RealSense D435 is the latest RGBD camera available from Intel,  and is an upgrade from the Intel R200 camera already discussed in a previous post. The D435 is a stereo depth camera that is designed to work both indoors and outdoors. The 3D reconstruction is constructed using active Infrared (IR) stereo. The camera is…Read more Integrating the Intel RealSense D435 with ROS

Step-by-step setup of a new laptop for robotics

Setting up a new laptop for robotics can be time consuming. This post will focus on using the Dell Alienware 15 R4 laptop.  With its Intel i9 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card, it's the perfect laptop for robotics or computer vision projects. Setting up the laptop comprises of two main steps: installing Ubuntu…Read more Step-by-step setup of a new laptop for robotics