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ROS2 nodes and Gazebo model for NVIDIA JetBot with Jetson Nano

note: if you want to use ROS Melodic, see the melodic branch

Start the JetBot ROS2 Foxy container

git clone
cd jetbot_ros

Run JetBot

If you have a real JetBot, you can start the camera / motors like so:

ros2 launch jetbot_ros

Otherwise, see the Launch Gazebo section below to run the simulator.

Launch Gazebo

ros2 launch jetbot_ros

Then to run the following commands, launch a new terminal session into the container:

sudo docker exec -it jetbot_ros /bin/bash

Test Teleop

ros2 launch jetbot_ros

The keyboard controls are as follows:

w/x:  increase/decrease linear velocity
a/d:  increase/decrease angular velocity

space key, s:  force stop

Press Ctrl+C to quit.

Data Collection

ros2 launch jetbot_ros

It's recommended to view the camera feed in Gazebo by going to Window -> Topic Visualization -> gazebo.msgs.ImageStamped and selecting the /gazebo/default/jetbot/camera_link/camera/image topic.

Then drive the robot and press the C key to capture an image. Then annotate that image in the pop-up window by clicking the center point of the path. Repeat this all the way around the track. It's important to also collect data of when the robot gets off-course (i.e. near the edges of the track, or completely off the track). This way, the JetBot will know how to get back on track.

Press Ctrl+C when you're done collecting data to quit.

Train Navigation Model

Run this from inside the container, substituting the path of the dataset that you collected (by default, it will be in a timestamped folder under /workspace/src/jetbot_ros/data/datasets/)

cd /workspace/src/jetbot_ros/jetbot_ros/dnn
python3 --data /workspace/src/jetbot_ros/data/datasets/20211018-160950/

Run Navigation Model

After the model has finished training, run the command below to have the JetBot navigate autonomously around the track. Substitute the path to your model below:

ros2 launch jetbot_ros model:=/workspace/src/jetbot_ros/data/models/202106282129/model_best.pth

note: to reset the position of the robot in the Gazebo environment, press Ctrl+R


ROS nodes and Gazebo model for NVIDIA JetBot with Jetson Nano




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