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Willow Garage, the PR2 and REP105

It is the second time I need to adjust my URDF Model for the sake of NOT following the REP (ROS Enhancement Proposal). This time it is about the relationship between base_link and a not REP mentioned base_footprint.

As REP105 says the ‘Relationship between Frames’ should be:

map –> odom –> base_link

but the relation chip for the Willow Garage (or now Clearpath Roboticsrobot PR2 is

map --> odom_combined --> base_footprint  -->   base_link

which is the exact demand of the robot_pose_ekf package.

So Willow Garage, Y U NO Stick to your own REP105 ?

(See more on Know Your Meme)

I suppose because of backwards compatibility, some code might get broken, but what about using some parameters, maybe with a (even hard coded) default fallback?

So for the aMoSeRo there is a decision to be made. Using base_link or base_footprint? Or both? Which frame is the one near to earth?

If decided to take both as a matter of compatibility to other packages and reordered my TF tree:




Still questionable if the base_footprint should have wheels and tracks attached, but that is more a question of taste because they have no special task.

Screenshot - 04.07.2014_4


Now the robot has a light grey base_footprint, and a blue base_link.