How do I Pair the Bluetooth Joystick with the Nova Carter Robot?

Refer to the pairing the controller section.

Jetson Won’t Connect to the Monitor Unless Ethernet Is Connected

This is a known bug. We’d recommend that you have the Nova Carter robot connected to Ethernet during the initial SW setup procedure in the documentation.

Robot Does Not Move

  1. In a terminal inside the Docker container, run ros topic echo /cmd_vel.

Ensure that when you press the buttons or move the joysticks, the values on the topic change. If it does not show any data move to the next step. 2. If you can see the expected values in the above command when pressing the joystick, check if the horizontal indicator light next to the power button on the robot is green. If it is not green, then the Segway ROS driver has gone into “locked state”.

You can fix this by running ros2 service call /reset_chassis std_srvs/srv/Empty {} in a new terminal that is attached to the Isaac ROS Docker container. The Segway driver has to be running to reset the chassis. Restarting the teleop, Nav2, or mapping launch files also resets the Segway driver.

/cmd_vel Shows No Data when the Joystick Enable Button is Pressed

  1. In a terminal inside the Docker container run ls /dev/input/js0. If the connection was successful it prints out /dev/input/js0. If the connection was not successful the command prints out ls: cannot access '/dev/input/js0': No such file or directory. 2. In a terminal inside the Docker container run ros topic echo /joy. Ensure that when you press the buttons or move the joysticks, the values on the topic change. 3. Ensure your joystick is connected by following the joystick pairing steps in this document.

ros2 topic hz Shows a Lower than Expected Value


ros2 topic hz is known to cause 100% CPU load for the first ~6 seconds after running the command. The frame rate measured during this period is inaccurate compared to when the command is not running. Use the --window flag as shown below and wait for ~6 seconds to get a more accurate measurement.


ros2 topic hz also triggers the type adaptation NITROS nodes.

  1. Run the following command to get a list of all the topics:

ros2 topic list
  1. Run the ros2 topic hz command of the required topic:

ros2 topic hz <topic_name> --window 30

ros2 topic list on a remote system does not show all topics on robot


We use Cyclone DDS as our ROS 2 middleware interface


When using the below Cyclone DDS configuration file, replace your_network_interface, robot_ip and remote_system_ip with appropriate values.

  1. Check if your system allows multicast communication by following the steps in this medium post

  2. If it does not, disable multicast and set the peer IPs manually as shown in this medium post. An example of the cyclone DDS config file is also given below:

<CycloneDDS xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">
<Domain id="any">
            <!-- Replace <your_network_interface> with the value corresponding to your setup. -->
            <NetworkInterface name="<your_network_interface_name>"  multicast="false" />

            <!-- Replace <robot_ip> and <remote_system_ip> with the IP addresses corresponding to your setup. -->
            <Peer address="<robot_ip>"/>
            <Peer address="<remote_system_ip>"/>