How to install Autonomous bicycle package

In order to use this project, we must install first ROS (Robotic Operating System) (tested kinetic) on a Linux PC, then compile the project and finally execute some simulations and tests.

Install ROS and dependencies

Follow ROS installation procedure given on:

we can summarize the steps:

Open a command windows on ubuntu and run the following commands:

  • Prepare ubuntu for installation:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ros-latest.list'
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-key 0xB01FA116
sudo apt-get update
  • Install ROS

For PC/Laptop we should install full desktop version:

sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-desktop-full

For Raspberry PI 3, Odroid or other embedded system, we can install ROS-Base:

sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-ros-base

Install rosdep:

sudo rosdep init
rosdep update

And finally prepare environment:

echo "source /opt/ros/kinetic/setup.bash" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Get and Compile autonomous bicycle project

First we need to install some dependencies and ROS packages:

sudo apt-get install libqwt-dev ros-kinetic-teleop-twist-joy  ros-kinetic-rviz-imu-plugin python-smbus ros-kinetic-rqt-multiplot git
sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-gps* ros-kinetic-jsk-rqt-plugins ros-kinetic-jsk-rviz-plugins ros-kinetic-rviz-imu-plugin
sudo apt-get install ros-kinetic-hector-gazebo* ros-kinetic-mapviz*

Finally we create a workspace for project, clone github repositories, install dependencies and compile all:

mkdir -p ~/autonomous_bicycle_ws/src
cd ~/autonomous_bicycle_ws/src
git clone
git clone
git clone
cd ..

If you get some error during compilation, check if all dependencies are installed using:

cd ~/autonomous_bicycle_ws
source devel/setup.bash
rosdep install autonomous_bicycle

Test project

Once the project has been compiled successfully, we can run a simulation that includes a bicycle and simple controller.

cd ~/autonomous_bicycle_ws
source devel/setup.bash
roslaunch autonomous_bicycle

if everything is correct, you should see a standing bicycle, which you can control using dynamic reconfigure plugin. Now you are ready to play and extend the project, let’s go to section Tutorials and extensions.