TRI ex­tends sup­port to Open Source Ro­bot­ics Foun­da­tion

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Con­tin­u­ing with its com­mit­ment to open source ro­bot­ics soft­ware, Toy­ota Re­search In­sti­tute (TRI) has announced its con­tri­bu­tion to the Open Source Ro­bot­ics Foun­da­tion (OSRF). This is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year that TRI is do­nat­ing US$ 1 million to OSRF. With the help of TRI’s gift, OSRF plans to im­prove the fea­tures and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Ro­bot Op­er­at­ing Sys­tem (ROS) and Gazebo to stim­u­late their use in au­to­mo­tive ap­pli­ca­tions.

OSRF of­fers the global ro­bot­ics com­mu­nity ac­cess to open source ro­bot­ics soft­ware and de­vel­op­ment tools. Founded by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, it is an in­de­pen­dent non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that sup­ports the de­vel­op­ment, dis­tri­bu­tion and adop­tion of open source soft­ware for use in ro­bot­ics re­search and ed­u­ca­tion. The group over­sees the de­vel­op­ment of ROS, a flex­i­ble frame­work for writ­ing ro­bot soft­ware, and Gazebo, a 3D multi-ro­bot sim­u­la­tor.

Team OSRF is con­fi­dent that the forth­com­ing sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of ROS, called ROS 2, will be used heav­ily in de­vel­op­ing soft­ware and sup­port­ing sys­tems for au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles. In ad­di­tion to this do­na­tion, TRI is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in a two-year re­search agree­ment on a va­ri­ety of projects with the Open Source Ro­bot­ics Cor­po­ra­tion (OSRC). This is a for-profit sub­sidiary of OSRF.

Soft­ware de­vel­op­ers can use Gazebo to help with sim­u­lated test­ing to en­sure their sys­tems achieve a high level of safety in op­er­a­tion. Over the past year, two

ma­jor open source self-driv­ing ve­hi­cle soft­ware sys­tems were in­de­pen­dently de­vel­oped in the ROS com­mu­nity and re­leased un­der an open source li­cence.

“Open source ro­bot­ics soft­ware sys­tems are be­com­ing more per­va­sive in the au­to­mo­tive com­mu­nity. TRI is help­ing to en­hance the qual­ity and ro­bust­ness of our sys­tems to meet the needs of au­to­mo­tive users. TRI also en­ables us to con­duct vi­tal main­te­nance and up­dates on our pub­lic-fac­ing ser­vices, which en­sures our sys­tems con­tinue to be ac­ces­si­ble and per­form flaw­lessly,” said OSRF CEO, Brian Gerkey.

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