Xiaoqiang tutorial (19) usage of NLlinepatrol_planner

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The NLlinepatrol_planner included with Xiaoqiang's host is a global path planner for visual navigation. According to Xiaoqiang's output visual trajectory (for visual trajectory files, please refer to this post), it can output a global path link to Xiaoqiang's current position and destination target point. It will be demonstrated below using a simulation example. The main idea is: a python script publishes virtual visual odometers and related tf trees. Another python script publishes target points to the move_base node. Finally, the move_base node obtains a global path by calling NLlinepatrol_planner and displays it in rviz.

1. Configure NLlinepatrol_planner

To use NLlinepatrol_planner, you need to provide visual trajectory file that NLlinepatrol_planner will read and (transformation parameters) file that is required for the coordinate transformation of the track, both files should be placed in the data folder under NLlinepatrol_planner, the file name is arbitrary, by configuring the related parameters in move_base You can specify the file that NLlinepatrol_planner reads, as explained below.


In the figure above, nav1.csv is the visual trajectory file and TFSettings.txt is the transformation parameter file (the first row is the 9 elements of the rotation matrix, the array elements are arranged in the row of the c language, and the second row is the xyz of the translation vector. Components, the third one is the scale factor)

2.Make a move_base launch file

In this tutorial, we have provided the relevant launch file in the launch folder of the nav_test package. The file name is xq_move_base_blank_map2.launch. This launch file can be used as a template during actual use. Please pay attention to the following figure.


The launch file will call the xq_move_base2.launch file. The xq_move_base2.launch file is also in the current directory. The contents are as follows:

    <node pkg="move_base" type="move_base" respawn="false" name="move_base" output="screen">
    <param name="base_global_planner" value="NLlinepatrol_planner/NLlinepatrolPlanner"/>
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/costmap_common_params.yaml" command="load" ns="global_costmap" />
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/costmap_common_params.yaml" command="load" ns="local_costmap" />
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/local_costmap_params.yaml" command="load" />
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/global_costmap_params.yaml" command="load" />
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/base_local_planner_params.yaml" command="load" />
    <rosparam file="$(find nav_test)/config/NLlinepatrol/base_global_planner_params.yaml" command="load" />

Through the above, it is found that by setting the value of the base_global_planner parameter to specify the global path planner as NLlinepatrol_planner, it can also be seen that the other parameter configuration files of move_base are stored in the config/NLlinepatrol path in the nav_test package.


For the above image, the file we need to change is base_global_planner_params.yaml, because the contents of this file correspond to the parameters actually loaded by the NLlinepatrol_planner runtime. The default content is as follows:

    DumpFileName: AnnDump.sav
    strTFParsFile: TFSettings.txt
    TxtFileName: nav1.csv
    ANN_Dump_Bool: false
    connect_distance: 0.3

TxtFileName specifies the name of the loaded visual track file, strTFParsFile specifies the name of the loaded transformation parameter file, and connect_distance sets the maximum distance between the connected points in the visual track file. (The distance between two points after the coordinate transformation is smaller than the value is considered as There is no obstacle between the two points, you can directly connect), ANN_Dump_Bool value is false to load the trajectory and transformation parameters from the txt file, if it is true then load from the dump file specified by the DumpFileName parameter (When using the same visual track file multiple times , start from the dump file after the second time can be accelerated)

3. Start using after configuration

A. Because we are virtual running this time, some of the published topics are of no practical significance but conflict with Xiaoqiang's default ROS driver. So now we need to stop all ROS running instances.

sudo service startup stop

B. Start virtual topic and Xiaoqiang model files

rosrun orb_init temp.py // Publish odom 
roslaunch xiaoqiang_udrf xiaoqiang_udrf.launch // Start the model

C. Launch the xq_move_base_blank_map2.launch file produced above

roslaunch nav_test xq_move_base_blank_map2.launch

D. Start rviz and open the ros/src/nav_test/config/nav_xq2.rviz configuration file


E. Launch virtual goal publishing node (based on squre.py modification in inertial navigation)

rosrun nav_test NLlinepatrol.py

4. Now that the target global path trajectory (green line) has appeared in rviz and you want to test other goal targets, modify the code in NLlinepatrol.py.


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