Path planning for Pioneer P3DX

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Aadhithya K
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Path planning for Pioneer P3DX

Post by Aadhithya K »


I have tried to follow this tutorial for path planning:
In this tutorial he calculated the Path using the calculation module. In the newer versions we have to use the OMPL plugin.
I tried to implement the second method he showed in the tutorial which sets the velocity of the wheels.
Now in the tutorial he got the Path handle, position in the path, etc. with API functions such as simGetPathPlanningHandle(), simSearchPath(), simGetPositionOnPath() .
These API functions are not available now and I do not know how to use that method for making the Pioneer P3DX follow the path. Is there any alternative functions or method for this in the Legacy API or the OMPL plugin?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Path planning for Pioneer P3DX

Post by coppelia »


there is a clear distinction between doing path planning for finding a collision-free path for your robot, and driving your robot along that path, i.e. planning and execution.
The simplest is to do the path planning via the OMPL module, using a cylinder or sphere to represent your robot's position (i.e. no orientation). This will result in a path, that you could visualize too (e.g. using sim.addDrawingObject and sim.addDrawingObjectItem).
Then, phase two would be to have the robot follow that path, by correctly actuating each of the motor. You'll have to decide of a path tracking or following strategy.


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Re: Path planning for Pioneer P3DX

Post by fferri »

You can use also simOMPL.drawPath to draw an OMPL path, e.g.:

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later remove the drawing objects with:

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however this will work only if your task defines a 3D euclidean projection, e.g. you pass useForProjection=1 to simOMPL.createStateSpace wherever appropriate to achieve a 3D projection, or otherwise use simOMPL.setProjectionEvaluationCallback to specify a custom projection that maps the path state to a 3D point.

For instance, if your state space is N revolute joints of a robot arm, you may want to use a projection evaluation callback, to compute the end-effector position via FK, and return that as the projection of the state.

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