Hi! I’m about to travel to my favorite testing body of water for a maiden of this boat: https://discuss.ardupilot.org/uploads/default/original/3X/7/4/74518969edcf32b288efa314b025d2a4c3e78de7.jpeg
Last time I tried the follow-me function I couldn’t get it to work. Can someone help me through all necessary steps to make the boat follow my kayak? I gave both Mission Planner and QGC on my phone all necessary permissions regarding location, data usage etc.
I think i read that I have to put the boat into Loiter-mode, but then what?
I found this quote on the forum but couldn’t locate the checkbox:
Goto the planner setting screen and down the bottom there is a testing screen checkbox. This is control-f
When I go to the setup page, It seems Mission Planner doesn’t see any GPS signals?
If someone is willing to do a step-by-step explanation I would be very grateful!
the problem is mission planner for mobile is basically just the windows application in a wrapper so a lot of functions just dont work.
you should look for another andoid app like qground control, they are native and are much better for things that need the phones hardware.
I agree that using QGC should be better on a phone and I think that @hwurzburg has successfully tested this in the past but I’m not sure whether a special version of QGC was required or not.
By the way, there are basically two ways that this can work:
- the ground station is responsible for sending velocity or position commands to the vehicle while it is in Guided mode to cause it to follow the user
- the ground station can simply send its position to the vehicle and the vehicle can then be put into follow mode.
The replies are much appreciated. Hopefully I can test some more today. I’ll report back!
The last time i used that function was with the tower app for android but it was a long time ago and I dont know if its still compatible as its not been updated in almost 7 years.
In QGC under general settings, there is a dropdown box to select whether the GCS broadcasts its GPS position NEVER, ALWAYS, or when in FOLLOW MODE
I’ve created a PR to add this image to the Rover follow mode wiki page.
Thank you all for helping! Unfortunately I messed up the tuning of the boat that I have currently with me and won’t be able to test any time soon. Maybe I can re-tune today again but it will take some time as I’m still in the learning phase.
A little off topic. How to reset the RTL position from the remote control without MP?
Ah, you want return-to-me instead of the regular RTL. Ideally the ground station would handle that … lacking that a custom lua script would probably be required… for example we have this set-home-to-vehicle-location script but this is not quite what you need.