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Journal of Advanced Transportation
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 6392697, 10 pages
Research Article

Global and Local Path Planning Study in a ROS-Based Research Platform for Autonomous Vehicles

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Leganes, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Pablo Marin-Plaza

Received 17 November 2017; Revised 16 January 2018; Accepted 17 January 2018; Published 22 February 2018

Academic Editor: Aboelmaged Noureldin

Copyright © 2018 Pablo Marin-Plaza et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this work is to integrate and analyze the performance of a path planning method based on Time Elastic Bands (TEB) in real research platform based on Ackermann model. Moreover, it will be proved that all modules related to the navigation can coexist and work together to achieve the goal point without any collision. The study is done by analyzing the trajectory generated from global and local planners. The software prototyping tool is Robot Operating System (ROS) from Open Source Robotics Foundation and the research platform is the iCab (Intelligent Campus Automobile) from University Carlos III. This work has been validated from a test inside the campus where the iCab has performed the navigation between the starting point and the goal point without any collision. During the experiment, we proved the low sensitivity of the TEB method to variations of the vehicle model configuration and constraints.