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Generate robot simulation scenario


    The robotScenario object generates a simulation scenario consisting of static meshes, robot platforms, and sensors in a 3-D environment.



    scenario = robotScenario creates an empty robot scenario with default property values. The default inertial frames are the east-north-up (ENU) and the north-east-down (NED) frames.


    scenario = robotScenario(Name=Value) configures a robotScenario object with properties using one or more name-value pair arguments.


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    Simulation update rate, specified as a positive scalar in Hz. The step size of the scenario when using an advance object function is equal to the inverse of the update rate.

    Example: 2

    Data Types: single | double

    Stop time of the simulation, specified as a nonnegative scalar in seconds. A scenario stops advancing when it reaches the stop time.

    Example: 60

    Data Types: single | double

    Maximum number of steps stored in scenario, specified as a positive integer greater than 1. This property determines the maximum number of frames of platform poses stored in the scenario. If the number of simulated steps exceeds the value of this property, then the scenario stores only latest steps.

    Example: 60

    Data Types: single | double

    Scenario origin in geodetic coordinates, specified as a three-element vector of the form [latitude longitude altitude]. latitude and longitude are geodetic coordinates in degrees. altitude is the height above the WGS84 reference ellipsoid in meters.

    Example: [46.017 7.750 1673]

    Data Types: single | double

    Maximum number of frames in the scenario, specified as a positive integer. The combined number of inertial frames, platforms, and sensors added to the scenario must be less than or equal to the value of this property.

    Example: 15

    Data Types: single | double

    This property is read-only.

    Current simulation time, specified as a nonnegative scalar.

    Data Types: single | double

    This property is read-only.

    Indicate whether the scenario is running, specified as true or false. After a scenario simulation starts, it runs until it reaches the stop time.

    Data Types: logical

    This property is read-only.

    Transformation information between all the frames in the scenario, specified as a transformTree object. This property contains the transformation information between the inertial, platform, and sensor frames associated with the scenario.

    This property is read-only.

    Names of the inertial frames in the scenario, specified as a vector of strings.

    Data Types: string

    This property is read-only.

    Static meshes in the scenario, specified as a 1-by-N cell array of extendedObjectMesh objects.

    This property is read-only.

    Robot platforms in the scenario, specified as an array of robotPlatform objects.

    Object Functions

    addInertialFrameDefine new inertial frame in robot scenario
    addMeshAdd new static mesh to robot scenario
    advanceAdvance robot scenario simulation by one time step
    binaryOccupancyMapCreate 2-D binary occupancy map from robot scenario
    restartReset simulation of robot scenario
    setupPrepare robot scenario for simulation
    show3DVisualize robot scenario in 3-D
    updateSensorsUpdate sensor readings in robot scenario


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    Create a robot scenario.

    scenario = robotScenario(UpdateRate=100,StopTime=1);

    Add the ground plane and a box as meshes.

    addMesh(scenario,"Plane",Size=[3 3],Color=[0.7 0.7 0.7]);
    addMesh(scenario,"Box",Size=[0.5 0.5 0.5],Position=[0 0 0.25], ...
            Color=[0 1 0])

    Create a waypoint trajectory for the robot platform using an ENU reference frame.

    waypoint = [0 -1 0; 1 0 0; -1 1 0; 0 -1 0];
    toa = linspace(0,1,length(waypoint));
    traj = waypointTrajectory("Waypoints",waypoint, ...
                              "TimeOfArrival",toa, ...

    Create a rigidBodyTree object of the TurtleBot 3 Waffle Pi robot with loadrobot.

    robotRBT = loadrobot("robotisTurtleBot3WafflePi");

    Create a robot platform with trajectory.

    platform = robotPlatform("TurtleBot",scenario, ...

    Set up platform mesh with the rigidBodyTree object.


    Create an INS sensor object and attach the sensor to the platform.

    ins = robotSensor("INS",platform,insSensor("RollAccuracy",0), ...

    Visualize the scenario.

    [ax,plotFrames] = show3D(scenario);
    axis equal
    hold on

    In a loop, step through the trajectory to output the position, orientation, velocity, acceleration, and angular velocity.

    count = 1;
    while ~isDone(traj)
        [Position(count,:),Orientation(count,:),Velocity(count,:), ...
         Acceleration(count,:),AngularVelocity(count,:)] = traj();
        count = count+1;

    Create a line plot for the trajectory. First create the plot with plot3, then manually modify the data source properties of the plot. This improves the performance of the plotting.

    trajPlot = plot3(nan,nan,nan,"Color",[1 1 1],"LineWidth",2);
    trajPlot.XDataSource = "Position(:,1)";
    trajPlot.YDataSource = "Position(:,2)";
    trajPlot.ZDataSource = "Position(:,3)";

    Set up the simulation. Then, iterate through the positions and show the scene each time the INS sensor updates. Advance the scene, move the robot platform, and update the sensors.

    for idx = 1:count-1
        % Read sensor readings.
        [isUpdated,insTimestamp(idx,1),sensorReadings(idx)] = read(ins);
        if isUpdated
            % Use fast update to move platform visualization frames.
            % Refresh all plot data and visualize.
            drawnow limitrate
        % Advance scenario simulation time and move platform.
        motion = [Position(idx,:),Velocity(idx,:),Acceleration(idx,:), ...
        % Update all sensors in the scene.
    hold off

    Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 28 objects of type patch, line.

    Version History

    Introduced in R2022a