Robotics

Hexagon NovAtel delivers ROSTM 2 compatible drivers

8th December 2021
Tom Anstee

Hexagon, NovAtel showcase the release of its second purpose-built driver, powered by the latest series of the Robot Operating System, ROS 2.

 The NovAtel OEM7 drivers are developed and managed by NovAtel engineers to provide an optimised interface for autonomy projects. The drivers allow for quick incorporation of NovAtel's OEM7 receivers into custom ROS 2 based applications.

“Automation and autonomy are at the forefront of advancing the agriculture industry,” said James Szabo, agriculture autonomy product manager. “The functional resilience and performance of ROS 2 paired with our OEM7 receivers speeds up integration and reduces time to market for our customers developing new equipment.”

As the integration of NovAtel's OEM7 receiver increases in autonomy projects, algorithms for academic investigations, ride-share programs and agricultural autonomy solutions, NovAtel continues to support the growing needs of the robotics community. With the power of ROS 2, developers can create autonomous applications quicker, without the need to develop or adapt existing community drivers. Tested and supported by NovAtel and Hexagon | AutonomouStuff, the driver enables seamless access to the receiver's GNSS and inertial capabilities so users can simultaneously utilise live, recorded and post-processed data.

"We have many users globally who have already adopted the ROS driver in unmanned operations. From tillage and viticulture operations to broadacre crop spraying,” said Eric Wuestefeld, executive vice president, agriculture. "The ROS driver has shortened the transition from prototype to production, allowing users to focus on furthering their autonomous solution without the worry and complexities of third-party interfaces."

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