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Effective Robotics Programming with ROS - Third Edition by Aaron Martinez, Enrique Fernández, Luis Sánchez, Anil Mahtani

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Publishing sensor information

Your robot can have a lot of sensors to see the world; you can program a lot of nodes to take this data and do something, but the navigation stack is prepared only to use the planar laser's sensor. So, your sensor must publish the data with one of these types: sensor_msgs/LaserScan or sensor_msgs/PointCloud2.

We are going to use the laser located in front of the robot to navigate in Gazebo. Remember that this laser is simulated on Gazebo, and it publishes data on the hokuyo_link frame with the topic name /robot/laser/scan.

In our case, we do not need to configure anything in our laser to use it on the navigation stack. This is because we have tf configured in the .urdf file, and the laser is publishing data with the ...

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