Super Odometry: IMU-centric LiDAR-Visual-Inertial Estimator for Challenging Environments release_rev_05fccd7c-4266-4d96-9578-d277975d42af

by Shibo Zhao, Hengrui Zhang, Peng Wang, Lucas Nogueira, Sebastian Scherer

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We propose Super Odometry, a high-precision multi-modal sensor fusion framework, providing a simple but effective way to fuse multiple sensors such as LiDAR, camera, and IMU sensors and achieve robust state estimation in perceptually-degraded environments. Different from traditional sensor-fusion methods, Super Odometry employs an IMU-centric data processing pipeline, which combines the advantages of loosely coupled methods with tightly coupled methods and recovers motion in a coarse-to-fine manner. The proposed framework is composed of three parts: IMU odometry, visual-inertial odometry, and laser-inertial odometry. The visual-inertial odometry and laser-inertial odometry provide the pose prior to constrain the IMU bias and receive the motion prediction from IMU odometry. To ensure high performance in real-time, we apply a dynamic octree that only consumes 10 with a static KD-tree. The proposed system was deployed on drones and ground robots, as part of Team Explorer's effort to the DARPA Subterranean Challenge where the team won 1^st and 2^nd place in the Tunnel and Urban Circuits, respectively.
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Stage   submitted
Date   2021-04-30
Version   v1
Language   en ?
arXiv  2104.14938v1
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