TRI adds HSR support for Cartographer

In support of Google's release of Cartographer, the real-time simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) library, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has contributed a ROS package for Toyota’s Human Support Robot (HSR).

“Cartographer brings us one step closer to my dream of apt-get install SLAM, in which roboticists can easily harness all the community’s progress on mapping and localization achieved over the past two decades,”  says Dr. John J. Leonard, MIT professor, Director of Autonomy at TRI, and resident SLAM ninja.

Since the HSR  natively supports ROS, Allison Thackston, Yutaka Takaoka, and Mac Mason found swapping out the existing SLAM implementation for Cartographer’s newly released code to be easy. The Cloud Robotics team at TRI then decided to put Cartographer to the test and have some fun at the same time. Check out the video below!

Two weeks ago, TRI also announced a charitable contribution to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). TRI is excited to continue working with OSRF, Google and the robotics community to make robots better. Allison will be at ROSCon 2016 on October 8th and 9th, connecting with ROS developers and giving a lightning talk on the HSR and Cartographer.