Point cloud plotter for bird's-eye plot



pcPlotter = pointCloudPlotter(bep) creates a point cloud plotter object that configures the display of lidar point cloud data on a bird's-eye plot. The point cloud plotter object is stored in the Plotters property of the input bird's-eye plot object, bep. To plot the lidar point cloud data, use the plotPointCloud function.

pcPlotter = pointCloudPlotter(bep,Name,Value) specifies options using one or more name-value pair arguments. For example, 'DisplayName','Point Cloud' sets the display name that appears in the bird's-eye-plot legend to "Point Cloud".


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Generate lidar point cloud data for a driving scenario with multiple actors by using the lidarPointCloudGenerator System object. Create the driving scenario by using drivingScenario object. It contains an ego-vehicle, pedestrian and two other vehicles.

Create and plot a driving scenario with multiple vehicles

Create a driving scenario.

scenario = drivingScenario;

Add a straight road to the driving scenario. The road has one lane in each direction.

roadCenters = [0 0 0; 70 0 0];
laneSpecification = lanespec([1 1]);

Add an ego vehicle to the driving scenario.

egoVehicle = vehicle(scenario,'ClassID',1,'Mesh',driving.scenario.carMesh);
waypoints = [1 -2 0; 35 -2 0];

Add a truck, pedestrian, and bicycle to the driving scenario and plot the scenario.

truck = vehicle(scenario,'ClassID',2,'Length', 8.2,'Width',2.5,'Height',3.5, ...
waypoints = [70 1.7 0; 20 1.9 0];
pedestrian = actor(scenario,'ClassID',4,'Length',0.24,'Width',0.45,'Height',1.7, ...
waypoints = [23 -4 0; 10.4 -4 0];
bicycle = actor(scenario,'ClassID',3,'Length',1.7,'Width',0.45,'Height',1.7, ...
waypoints = [12.7 -3.3 0; 49.3 -3.3 0];

Generate and plot lidar point cloud data

Create a lidarPointCloudGenerator System object.

lidar = lidarPointCloudGenerator;

Add actor profiles and the ego vehicle actor ID from the driving scenario to the System object.

lidar.ActorProfiles = actorProfiles(scenario);
lidar.EgoVehicleActorID = egoVehicle.ActorID;

Plot the point cloud data.

bep = birdsEyePlot('Xlimits',[0 70],'YLimits',[-30 30]);
plotter = pointCloudPlotter(bep);
while advance(scenario)
    tgts = targetPoses(egoVehicle);
    rdmesh = roadMesh(egoVehicle);
    [ptCloud,isValidTime] = lidar(tgts,rdmesh,scenario.SimulationTime);
    if isValidTime

Input Arguments

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Bird’s-eye plot, specified as a birdsEyePlot object.

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: 'DisplayName','Point Cloud' sets the display name that appears in the bird's-eye-plot legend to "Point Cloud".

Plotter name to display in legend, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'DisplayName' and character vector or string scalar. If you do not specify a name, the bird's-eye plot does not display a legend entry for the plotter.

Data Types: char | string

Size of marker for points in a point cloud, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'PointSize' and a positive integer in points.

Point fill color, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Color' and an RGB triplet, a hexadecimal color code, a color name, or a short color name.

For a custom color, specify an RGB triplet or a hexadecimal color code.

  • An RGB triplet is a three-element row vector whose elements specify the intensities of the red, green, and blue components of the color. The intensities must be in the range [0,1]; for example, [0.4 0.6 0.7].

  • A hexadecimal color code is a character vector or a string scalar that starts with a hash symbol (#) followed by three or six hexadecimal digits, which can range from 0 to F. The values are not case sensitive. Thus, the color codes '#FF8800', '#ff8800', '#F80', and '#f80' are equivalent.

Alternatively, you can specify some common colors by name. This table lists the named color options, the equivalent RGB triplets, and hexadecimal color codes.

Color NameShort NameRGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
'red''r'[1 0 0]'#FF0000'

'green''g'[0 1 0]'#00FF00'

'blue''b'[0 0 1]'#0000FF'

'cyan' 'c'[0 1 1]'#00FFFF'

'magenta''m'[1 0 1]'#FF00FF'

'yellow''y'[1 1 0]'#FFFF00'

'black''k'[0 0 0]'#000000'

'white''w'[1 1 1]'#FFFFFF'

'none'Not applicableNot applicableNot applicableNo color

Here are the RGB triplets and hexadecimal color codes for the default colors MATLAB® uses in many types of plots.

RGB TripletHexadecimal Color CodeAppearance
[0 0.4470 0.7410]'#0072BD'

[0.8500 0.3250 0.0980]'#D95319'

[0.9290 0.6940 0.1250]'#EDB120'

[0.4940 0.1840 0.5560]'#7E2F8E'

[0.4660 0.6740 0.1880]'#77AC30'

[0.3010 0.7450 0.9330]'#4DBEEE'

[0.6350 0.0780 0.1840]'#A2142F'

Tag associated with the plotter object, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Tag' and a character vector or string scalar. The default value is 'PlotterN', where N is an integer that corresponds to the Nth plotter associated with the input birdsEyePlot object.

Output Arguments

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Point cloud plotter, returned as a pointCloudPlotter object. You can modify this object by changing its property values.

pcPlotter is stored in the Plotters property of the input, bep. To plot the point cloud data, use the plotPointCloud function.

Introduced in R2020a