Hey everyone, I’m the tech lead on the Webviz project at Cruise. If you’re not familiar, Webviz is a web-based tool for robotics visualization, with functionality similar to RViz,
rostopic echo , and
rqt_console. More about our motivation to build Webviz here and here.
Up until now you could only use Webviz to view bag files (either by dragging them in or streaming them from cloud storage). Now we’ve released an integration with roslibjs, which means that you can connect to a rosbridge_server over a WebSocket to use the tool with live systems.
To set up a rosbridge_server, see their tutorial. Then just open the Webviz page, and by default it will connect to
ws://localhost:9090. See the help page in the top right of the tool for how to change this URL.
We hope that this will make our tool a lot more useful! As always, we welcome feedback of all forms: bug reports, feature suggestions, better documentation, etc. Please open an issue on our Github page, or submit a PR.