I’m a software engineer by trade and I’ve never really been able to get the opportunity to work on/with hardware that enables my software to interact with the physical world in a meaningful way. For that reason and because the Jetson seemed like such an amazing platform I set out to build an autonomous rover… but to do so a bit differently. I had read up on ROS and their navigation stack but before handing control over to these season frameworks I wanted to understand how far a naive implementation could go… basically why is SLAM and navigation such a hard problem to solve.
My project is not done, I’ve completed the hardware stack, built some simple wandering / exploring logic but true navigation (indoors and outdoors) are a couple months away. I’ll be posting progress and deep dives into the hardware and software stack I’ve created over at http://jetsonhacks.com/.
I was wondering if folks on this forumn have had much luck getting either hector SLAM or GMAPPING to work with combined data from ZED and a Lidar?
You can find more info about my project here:
a bit more about me: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avirtuos