Nova Carter AMR for ROS 2 w/ 800 megapixel/sec sensor processing

At ROSCon we are announcing the release of Nova Carter, a reference AMR for robotics development and research.

Nova Carter was jointly developed with Segway Robotics, for autonomous robotics development including accelerated computing for ROS 2 with full 360° sensing from camera and LIDAR with validation by Open Navigation for use with Nav2.

Nova Carter is powered by a Jetson AGX Orin with additional interface I|O boards developed for robotics. Key features of Nova-Carter include:

  • 1x Hesai XT32 360° 3D LIDAR
  • 2x Slamtec RPLidar S2E 2D LIDAR
  • 4x Leopard Imaging Hawk 2.3mp color global shutter OnSemi AR0234 stereo cameras
  • 4x Leopard Imaging Owl 2.3mp color global shutter OnSemi AR0234 fish-eye surround cameras
  • High precision time synchronization between sensors using hardware time stamping in Orin, and PTP over ethernet with less than 10us jitter for sensor acquisition time.
  • Simultaneous camera capture ensures synchronized 360° vision based perception across all cameras within 100us from a single capture trigger.
  • Chassis-mounted Bosch IMU, Magnetometer, and Barometer
  • Samsung 980 PRO 2TB M.2 SSD for sensor data capture at up to 4 GB/sec
  • WIFI, Bluetooth, and 10Gbps ethernet for high performance data upload
  • Max speed of 3.3 meters per second
  • Up to 8hrs of operational time
  • Available charging dock for autonomous charging

The Nova Carter ROS 2 package includes applications for sensor calibration, joystick teleoperation using fish-eye Owl cameras, sensor visualization in RViz or Foxglove, mapping with SLAM toolbox and Nav2, and navigation with Nav2.

streaming surround fish-eye Owl camera’s in Foxglove

To improve autonomy for mobile robots with advanced perception, and AI, a robotics platform was needed with 360° camera and LIDAR perception and highly accurate time synchronization. Nova Carter was designed as a platform leveraging state of the art from autonomous vehicles with adaptation for robotics. By working with Segway Robotics, this platform has been made available for advanced robotics development and research, with the same system software, drivers, hardware and performance tuning we depend on for our own Isaac ROS work.

Nova Carter is available for free in Isaac SIM with RTX simulation of sensors on the robot, and for purchase from Segway Robotics for your ROS 2 development and research needs.


Check it out live in action at Nvidia HQ running ROS 2, Nav2, and SLAM Toolbox after initial testing and setup!

I’m very excited for this platform and is a great development and research - containing all the latest and greatest sensor modalities to break you out of the 2D world. You got your option of all the cameras, a 3D lidar, a couple 2D lidars, or using them all simultaneously. I’m definitely looking forward to finding the upper limits on the Jetson Orin AGX, which I haven’t hit yet :wink:

I’m happy to be involved in this work with Nvidia and Segway!

Steve, Open Navigation


Following up on Steve’s comments, after posting our own demo with the new NOVA Carter AMR here…

I can’t help but agree that the sensor suite and compute power on this robot is absolutely incredible. I know of nothing comparable on the market.

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