Integration of hardware into custom control systems can be a complex process, not least when it comes to ensuring driver compatibility. With this in mind, GNSS supplier NovAtel has released a purpose-built driver, powered by Robot Operating System (ROS™), to support its OEM7 family of GNSS receivers.
The company says the driver provides an optimized interface enabling users to accelerate autonomous development projects by quickly incorporating OEM7 receivers into custom applications.
With the release of a driver built on ROS, developers can now confidently access the critical data needed to build autonomy algorithms for academic investigations, rideshare programs, and other applications. It enables data from numerous sensors to be combined to help move projects into higher levels of autonomy faster, without the need to adapt community-developed drivers.
The new driver was tested using the Hexagon – AutonomouStuff platform, to ensure that the data received accurately reflects the output provided by the receiver, while also giving users the ability to record raw data for post-processing.
The driver is available for immediate download through the new NovAtel GitHub repository and as a ROS Binary Package for direct installation.