Autoware.AI 1.14.0 with SVL Simulator

The software and source code in this repository are intended only for use with the SVL Simulator and should not be used in a real vehicle.

Table of Contents

General top#

This guide goes through how to run Autoware.AI with the SVL Simulator.

In order to run Autoware with the SVL Simulator, it is easiest to pull the official Autoware Docker image (see the official guide, Case 1 for more details), but it is also possible to build Autoware from source.

Autoware communicates with the SVL Simulator using the rosbridge_suite, which provides JSON interfacing with ROS publishers/subscribers. The official Autoware Docker containers have rosbridge_suite included.

Setup top#

Requirements top#

  • Linux operating system
  • NVIDIA graphics card

Install Docker CE top#

To install Docker CE please refer to theĀ official documentation. We also suggest following through with theĀ post installation steps to run docker as a non-root user.

Install NVIDIA Container Toolkit top#

Before installing the NVIDIA Container Toolkit, make sure that you have the appropriate NVIDIA drivers installed. To test if the NVIDIA drivers are properly installed, enter nvidia-smi in a terminal. If the drivers are installed properly an output similar to the following should appear:

| NVIDIA-SMI 440.59       Driver Version: 440.59       CUDA Version: 10.2     |
| GPU  Name        Persistence-M| Bus-Id        Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan  Temp  Perf  Pwr:Usage/Cap|         Memory-Usage | GPU-Util  Compute M. |
|   0  GeForce GTX 108...  Off  | 00000000:65:00.0  On |                  N/A |
|  0%   59C    P5    22W / 250W |   1490MiB / 11175MiB |      4%      Default |

| Processes:                                                       GPU Memory |
|  GPU       PID   Type   Process name                             Usage      |
|    0      1187      G   /usr/lib/xorg/Xorg                           863MiB |
|    0      3816      G   /usr/bin/gnome-shell                         305MiB |
|    0      4161      G   ...-token=7171B24E50C2F2C595566F55F1E4D257    68MiB |
|    0      4480      G   147MiB |
|    0     17936      G   ...-token=5299D28BAAD9F3087B25687A764851BB   103MiB |

The installation steps for the NVIDIA Container Toolkit are available from the official documentation.

Install SVL Simulator top#

This guide outlines the steps required to setup Autoware.AI for use with the SVL Simulator. If you have not already set up the simulator, please do so first by following the instructions in Installing the SVL Simulator.

Install Autoware top#

Make sure you have Git Large File Storage (LFS) installed before cloning the repository in the next step. If git lfs outputs git: 'lfs' is not a git command., then you need to install it:

  • Instructions for installation are here.

  • Verify the installation:

    $ git lfs install
    Git LFS initialized.

Create a directory called shared_dir in your home directory to hold HD maps and launch files for the simulator. The Autoware Docker container will mount this folder.

mkdir ~/shared_dir
cd ~/shared_dir
git clone

If there wasn't a line beginning with Filtering content: output, then Git LFS hasn't been installed. Remove the autoware-data directory, install Git LFS with git lfs install, and then re-issue the git clone.

Clone the docker repository from into a working directory:

git clone

Launch Autoware Alongside SVL Simulator top#

Run the Autoware 1.14.0 container and enter into it:

cd $WORKING_DIRECTORY/docker/generic
./ -t 1.14.0

If you get the usermod error as follows:

usermod: user autoware is currently used by process 1

Check if the $UID is 1000

$ echo $UID

If your $UID is 1000, you would not have usermod error. Otherwise, it's better to build container locally to avoid usermod error as follows:

$ ./ --version 1.14.0
$ ./ -t local

Once inside the container, install a missing ROS package:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install ros-$ROS_DISTRO-image-transport-plugins -y

If you need to check which $ROS_DISTRO you have installed run the following:

ls /opt/ros/

Launch the runtime manager:

roslaunch runtime_manager runtime_manager.launch

A few terminals will open, as well as a GUI for the runtime manager. In the runtime manager, click on the 'Quick Start' tab and load the following launch files from ~/shared_dir/autoware-data/BorregasAve/ by clicking "Ref" to the right of each text box:

  • my_map.launch
  • my_sensing_simulator.launch
  • my_localization.launch
  • my_detection.launch
  • my_mission_planning.launch
  • my_motion_planning.launch

Click "Map" to load the launch file pertaining to the HD maps. An "Ok" should appear to the right of the "Ref" button when successfully loaded. Then click "Sensing" which also launches rosbridge.

  • Run the SVL Simulator
  • Create a Simulation choosing BorregasAve map and Jaguar2015XE (Autoware) or another Autoware compatible vehicle.
  • Enter localhost:9090 for the Bridge Connection String.
  • Run the created Simulation

A vehicle should appear in Borregas Ave in Sunnyvale, CA.

In the Autoware Runtime Manager, continue loading the other launch files - click "Localization" and wait for the time to display to the right of "Ref".

Then click "Rviz" to launch Rviz - the vector map and location of the vehicle in the map should show.

The vehicle may be mis-localized as the initial pose is important for NDT matching. To fix this, click "2D Pose Estimate" in Rviz, then click an approximate position for the vehicle on the map and drag in the direction it is facing before releasing the mouse button. This should allow NDT matching to find the vehicle pose (it may take a few tries). Note that the point cloud will not show up in rviz until ndt matching starts publishing a pose.

An alternative would be to use GNSS for an initial pose or for localization. Open my_localization.launch file in map folder of autoware-data repository and uncomment nmea2tfpose part and comment ndt_matching instead.

Driving by following vector map:#

To drive following the HD map follow these steps:

  • Start Mission Planning launch file in Autoware Runtime Manager.
  • In rviz, mark a destination by clicking '2D Nav Goal' and clicking at the destination and dragging along the road direction. Make sure to only choose a route that looks valid along the lane centerlines that are marked with orange lines in rviz. If an invalid destination is selected nothing will change in rviz, and you will need to relaunch the Mission Planning launch file in the Quick Launch tab to try another destination. After choosing a valid destination the route will be highlighted in blue in rviz.
  • Lastly, start Motion Planning launch file. then ego vehicle starts driving autonomously.

Adding a Vehicle top#

The default vehicles have the calibration files included in the LGSVL Autoware Data Github repository.

Adding an HD Map top#

The default maps have the Vector map files included in the LGSVL Autoware Data Github repository.