This paper presents implementation details and performance metrics for software developed to connect the Robot Operating System (ROS) with Simulink Real-Time (SLRT). The communication takes place through the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) which allows for fast transmission of large amounts of data between the two systems. We use SLRT’s built-in UDP communication and binary packing blocks to send and receive the data over a network. We use implementation metrics from several examples to illustrate the effectiveness and drawbacks of this bridge in a real-time environment. The time latency of the bridge is analyzed by performing loop-back tests and obtaining the statistics of the time delay. A proof of concept experiment is presented that utilizes two laboratories that ran a driver-in-the-loop system despite a large physical separation. This work provides recommendations for implementing data integrity measures as well as the potential to use the system with other applications that demand high speed real-time communication.

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