Life in the Fast Lane: The Evolution of an Adaptive Vehicle Control System

Todd Jochem, Dean Pomerleau

Abstract


Giving robots the ability to operate in the real world has been, and continues to be, one of the most difficult tasks in AI research. Since 1987, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been investigating one such task. Their research has been focused on using adaptive, vision-based systems to increase the driving performance of the Navlab line of on-road mobile robots. This research has led to the development of a neural network system that can learn to drive on many road types simply by watching a human teacher. This article describes the evolution of this system from a research project in machine learning to a robust driving system capable of executing tactical driving maneuvers such as lane changing and intersection navigation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v17i2.1221

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