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Tutorial: Controlling a Mobile Robot with its Range Sensor

asked 2013-04-02 19:16:38 -0500

amit gravatar image

updated 2013-04-02 19:23:38 -0500


I tried to implement the tutorial plugin (explained here) in the Pioneer robot I am using in my world model. The simulation is not working as expected and mentioned in the tutorial page. The moment I start Gazebo, my robot starts moving back if gain <= 2.0 else starts tumbling and goes crazy and goes out of the solid boundary walls.

What shall I do ?

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can u plz tell me how u solve the problem as i m aslo facing same

suvrat gravatar imagesuvrat ( 2013-07-25 02:24:02 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-07-30 15:44:07 -0500

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i have solved this problem by little modification in my code if (min_dist < this->laser->GetRangeMax()) {

    **double torque = this->gain *( (min_dist - target_dist)*0.1 );**
printf("torque %lf\n",torque);

    this->leftWheelJoint->SetForce(0, torque);
    this->rightWheelJoint->SetForce(0, torque);

now it is not starts tumbling and goes crazy and goes out of the solid boundary walls.

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answered 2013-04-11 18:43:27 -0500

Try to print the force applied to robot, if the force was so high perharps this is the problem.

If your robot is moving back, probably the force applied is negative.

double target_dist = 2.0;

 if (min_dist < this->laser->GetRangeMax())
     double torque = this->gain*( min_dist - target_dist );
     this->leftWheelJoint->SetForce(0, torque);
     this->rightWheelJoint->SetForce(0, torque);

Print the mindist value and targetdist to ensure what values are being used.

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i have tried to print the values they are like mindist 0.081051 targetdist 2.000000 torque -4.029793 .now what should i do ?

suvrat gravatar imagesuvrat ( 2013-07-30 11:03:36 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-04-24 16:48:35 -0500

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The tutorial that you point to is for demonstration purposes only. The code applies an additive force to the robot, which is not what you want to do when controlling the robot. Instead you should use a velocity PID controller.

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i m a beginner in gazebo could you please tell ma or give me some link how to apply PID controller.

suvrat gravatar imagesuvrat ( 2013-07-30 11:06:06 -0500 )edit
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