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Convert Frenet states to global states



globalState = frenet2global(refPath,frenetState) converts Frenet trajectory states to global states.

globalState = frenet2global(refPath,frenetState,latTimeDerivatives) accepts latTimeDerivatives containing 1st and 2nd order derivatives of lateral deviation with respect to time and a flag indicating if the heading should flip during the conversion to global coordinates.


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Generate a reference path from a set of waypoints.

waypoints = [0 0; 50 20; 100 0; 150 10];
refPath = referencePathFrenet(waypoints);

Create a trajectoryGeneratorFrenet object from the reference path.

connector = trajectoryGeneratorFrenet(refPath);

Generate a five-second trajectory between the path origin and a point 30 m down the path as Frenet states.

initState = [0 0 0 0 0 0];  % [S dS ddS L dL ddL]
termState = [30 0 0 0 0 0]; % [S dS ddS L dL ddL]
frenetTraj = connect(connector,initState,termState,5);

Convert the trajectory to the global states.

globalTraj = frenet2global(refPath,frenetTraj.Trajectory);

Display the reference path and the trajectory.

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Specify global points and find the closest points on reference path.

globalPoints = waypoints(2:end,:) + [20 -50];
nearestPathPoint = closestPoint(refPath,globalPoints);

Display the global points and the closest points on reference path.


Interpolate between the arc lengths of the first two closest points along the reference path.

arclengths = linspace(nearestPathPoint(1,6),nearestPathPoint(2,6),10);
pathStates = interpolate(refPath,arclengths);

Display the interpolated path points.

legend(["Waypoints","Reference Path","Trajectory to 30m",...
        "Global Points","Closest Points","Interpolated Path Points"])

Figure contains an axes object. The axes object contains 6 objects of type line. These objects represent Waypoints, Reference Path, Trajectory to 30m, Global Points, Closest Points, Interpolated Path Points.

Input Arguments

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Reference path, specified as a referencePathFrenet object.

States in the Frenet coordinate frame, returned as a P-by-6 numeric matrix with rows of form [S dS ddS L dL ddL], where S is the arc length and L is the perpendicular deviation from the direction of the reference path. Derivatives of S are relative to time. Derivatives of L are relative to the arc length, S. P is the total number of Frenet states.

Lateral time derivatives, specified as an N-by-3 matrix where each row is of the form [dL/dt ddL/dt^2 invertHeading] and N is the total number of points in points. Each row contains the 1st and 2nd order time derivatives of lateral deviation and a flag, invertHeading, which indicates whether the heading should be flipped when converting to global coordinates (true) or not (false).


If defining latTimeDerivatives without the use of global2frenet, the following rules should be followed:

  1. The invertHeading flag should be true when:

    1. The vehicle is moving in reverse (speed is less than 0)

    2. The vehicle is stationary (speed is equal to 0), and the vehicle is facing away from the path's tangent vector. i.e. cos(|tangentAngle(obj,S)-thetaExpected|) < 0

  2. If 1b is true, then dL/dS must be negated.

Output Arguments

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States in the global coordinate frame, specified as a P-by-6 numeric matrix with rows of form [x y theta kappa speed accel], where:

  • x y and theta –– SE(2) state expressed in global coordinates, with x and y in meters and theta in radians.

  • kappa –– Curvature, or inverse of the radius, in meters.

  • speed –– Speed in the theta direction in m/s.

  • accel –– Acceleration in the theta direction in m/s2.

P is the total number of Global states.

Extended Capabilities

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Version History

Introduced in R2020b