I've been following this tutorial: Understanding Steering Behaviors: Collision Avoidance

but I'm having trouble implementing one of the functions correctly in Unity, here's the code:

private function lineIntersectsSphere(ahd:Vector3, ahd2:Vector3, sphCol:SphereCollider) : boolean
    return distance(sphCol.center, ahd) <= sphCol.radius || distance(sphCol.center, ahd2) <= sphCol.radius;

The SphereCollider variable contains the Center variable, however, it always returns a vector containing 0, 0, 0 values. I imagine it's the spheres local origin.. is there a way to get the center? Perhaps it could be through the transform.position that the sphere is attached to?


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By default, colliders in Unity will be centered on the object's pivot point (given by transform.position). It's possible to configure a collider such that it's not centered -- in this case, that offset is given by the sphere's center property, which is why you're seeing an offset of zero.

In mooooost cases, transform.position will be fine. If your sphere is offset from the pivot, though, you'll have to account for that:

Vector3 sphereCenter = transform.TransformPoint(sphCol.center);

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