Display generated point clouds on bird's-eye plot


plotPointCloud(pcPlotterpcObject) specifies the point cloud data as a pointCloud object pcObject. The point cloud plotter, pcPlotter, is associated with a birdsEyePlot object and configures the display of the specified point cloud.

To remove the point clouds associated with point cloud plotter pcPlotter, call the clearData function and specify pcPlotter as the input argument.


plotPointCloud(pcPlotterpointCloudMatrix) specifies the point cloud data as a 2-D or 3-D matrix, pointCloudMatrix.


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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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Point cloud plotter, specified as a pointCloudPlotter object. This object is stored in the Plotters property of a birdsEyePlot object and configures the display of the specified point cloud in the bird's-eye plot. To create this object, use the pointCloudPlotter function.

Point cloud, returned as a pointCloud object.

Stores point cloud data, specified as a N-by-2 or N-by-3 matrix. The values in the first column of matrix correspond to X coordinates of the point cloud. Similarly, the second and third columns correspond to Y and Z coordinates.

Data Types: single | double

Introduced in R2020a