### How to do distance measurement between two dynamic objects

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**02 Dec 2019, 18:04**Hello,

I'm trying to measure distance between two dynamic objects. Attaching a screenshot showcasing what I'm doing.

The robot is moving along the teal line, and cuboid on the bottom is moving along the blue line.

I couldn't find an API like simGetDistance(robot_handle, cuboid_handle) to return dynamic distance between those two objects, so I have to try something else. Below is what I've tried so far.

1. I tried simGetObjectPosition of those two object respectively, then I apply Euclidean distance to calculate their distance, However, here comes the problematic part to me. Because of the objects are moving, I have to calculate the distance with time goes forward. What I come up with is to use simWait() with a high frequency. But no matter how frequent I adjust the parameter in simWait(), the returned distance is always ~0.37 (which I expect to be more diverse in [0.2, 1.0] ). Attaching my code below:
2. I tried adding a graph in the scene which monitoring the distance of the two objects. The distance graph looks just right, but how can I get the data that graph gets?

Since the graph could get the right data, I believe there's some way the program could measure the distance in a timely fashion, it's just me didn't discover it yet. Could you please help?

Thanks in advance.

I'm trying to measure distance between two dynamic objects. Attaching a screenshot showcasing what I'm doing.

The robot is moving along the teal line, and cuboid on the bottom is moving along the blue line.

I couldn't find an API like simGetDistance(robot_handle, cuboid_handle) to return dynamic distance between those two objects, so I have to try something else. Below is what I've tried so far.

1. I tried simGetObjectPosition of those two object respectively, then I apply Euclidean distance to calculate their distance, However, here comes the problematic part to me. Because of the objects are moving, I have to calculate the distance with time goes forward. What I come up with is to use simWait() with a high frequency. But no matter how frequent I adjust the parameter in simWait(), the returned distance is always ~0.37 (which I expect to be more diverse in [0.2, 1.0] ). Attaching my code below:

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```
robot_position = simGetObjectPosition(robot_handle, -1)
cuboid_position = simGetObjectPosition(cuboid_handle, -1)
r_dist = math.sqrt(math.pow((robot_position[1]-cuboid_position[1]),2) + math.pow((robot_position[2]-cuboid_position[2]),2))
while furthest_dis < r_dist do
furthest_dis = r_dist
simWait(0.001, true)
r_dist = math.sqrt(math.pow((robot_position[1]-cuboid_position[1]),2) + math.pow((robot_position[2]-cuboid_position[2]),2))
end
```

Since the graph could get the right data, I believe there's some way the program could measure the distance in a timely fashion, it's just me didn't discover it yet. Could you please help?

Thanks in advance.