We are pleased to announce Release v2.0.0 of Project Dave, an underwater robotics simulation project for Gazebo.
Dave is a simulation environment to support rapid testing and evaluation of underwater robotic solutions, specifically underwater vehicles (AUVs/UUVs) operating autonomously. The environment is built upon existing ROS and Gazebo capabilities, particularly the UUV Simulator and WHOI’s ds_sim.
Our second release adds several new visual models for COTS vehicles and manipulators, as well as a new USBL plugin, an enhanced DVL sensor, and the ability to generate bathymetry tiles directly from mapping data. Please see the Changelog for more details about features and enhancements included with this release.
For quick starts we recommend the following options:
- For a high-level overview, see the Highlight Video, September 2020.
- To review the project plans and priorities for future development efforts, review the Dave Roadmap. and consider submitting an issue or pull request.
- To try the simulation, follow the Installation Tutorial…
We continue to welcome community feedback and opportunities for collaboration. The next planned release will be v3.0.0 scheduled for early 2021 and outlined in the project Roadmap.