Benchmarking of a software stack for autonomous racing against a professional human race driver

Leonhard Hermansdorfer, Johannes Betz, Markus Lienkamp

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Abstract

The way to full autonomy of public road vehicles requires the step-by-step replacement of the human driver, with the ultimate goal of replacing the driver completely. Eventually, the driving software has to be able to handle all situations that occur on its own, even emergency situations. These particular situations require extreme combined braking and steering actions at the limits of handling to avoid an accident or to diminish its consequences. An average human driver is not trained to handle such extreme and rarely occurring situations and therefore often fails to do so. However, professional race drivers are trained to drive a vehicle utilizing the maximum amount of possible tire forces. These abilities are of high interest for the development of autonomous driving software. Here, we compare a professional race driver and our software stack developed for autonomous racing with data analysis techniques established in motorsports. The goal of this research is to derive indications for further improvement of the performance of our software and to identify areas where it still fails to meet the performance level of the human race driver. Our results are used to extend our software's capabilities and also to incorporate our findings into the research and development of public road autonomous vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728156415
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 Sep 2020
Event15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020 - Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Duration: 10 Sep 202012 Sep 2020

Publication series

Name2020 15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Ecological Vehicles and Renewable Energies, EVER 2020
Country/TerritoryMonaco
CityMonte-Carlo
Period10/09/2012/09/20

Keywords

  • Autonomous racing
  • autonomous vehicles
  • data analysis
  • driver behavior
  • race driver
  • vehicle dynamics

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