Laser scan tools for ROS


    Laser scan processing tools. The meta-package contains:

    • laser_ortho_projector: calculates orthogonal projections of LaserScan messages

    • laser_scan_matcher: an incremental laser scan matcher, using Andrea Censi's Canonical Scan Matcher implementation. It downloads and installs Andrea Censi's Canonical Scan Matcher [1] locally.

    • laser_scan_sparsifier: takes in a LaserScan message and sparsifies it

    • laser_scan_splitter: takes in a LaserScan message and splits it into a number of other LaserScan messages

    • ncd_parser: reads in .alog data files from the New College Dataset [2] and broadcasts scan and odometry messages to ROS.

    • scan_to_cloud_converter: converts LaserScan to PointCloud messages.



    From binary (RECOMMENDED)

    apt-get install ros-%ROS_DISTRO%-scan-tools
    apt-get install ros-indigo-scan-tools        (Indigo)

    From source

    Following is an example with ROS Indigo.

    1. Create a catkin workspace and navigate to its source directory (e.g. ~/catkin_ws/src).

    2. In your Catkin workspace, download source and build with the following commands.

    cd ~/catkin_ws
    wstool init src
    wstool merge -t src
    rosdep install --from-paths src --ignore-src --rosdistro indigo -r -y
    catkin_make                (or any build commands available in ROS, e.g. `catkin build`)
    source devel/setup.bash

    More info


    [1] A. Censi, "An ICP variant using a point-to-line metric" Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2008

    [2] M. Smith, I. Baldwin, W. Churchill, R. Paul, and P. Newman, The new college vision and laser data set, International Journal for Robotics Research (IJRR), vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 595599, May 2009.


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