[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [robot description formats] Common location for sensor URDF files?

Neal Xu ros.discourse at gmail.com
Fri Jan 12 19:07:54 UTC 2018

Hi...While URDFs are a useful and standardized format in ROS, they are lacking many features and have not been updated to deal with the evolving needs of robotics. URDF can only specify the kinematic and dynamic properties of a single robot in isolation. URDF can not specify the pose of the robot itself within a world. It is also not a universal description format since it cannot specify joint loops, and it lacks friction and other properties. Additionally, it cannot specify things that are not robots, such as lights, heightmaps, etc.

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