FURI | Spring 2023

Social Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles

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The main objective of this research project was to develop a computationally efficient motion planner that optimizes task efficiency and is collision averse. The motion planner incorporates 2D vehicle dynamics and produces trajectories that mirror human driving patterns. The accuracy and efficiency of the developed motion planner were evaluated through an interactive human driver dataset (the INTERACTION Dataset). The developed motion planner optimizes safety by reducing the risk associated with operating a vehicle, and by lessening the likelihood of a vehicle collision due to human error. Future work includes extending the motion planner to utilize empathetic intent inference to more accurately gauge the intended trajectories of surrounding vehicles.

Student researcher

Sruti Ganti

Software engineering

Hometown: San Diego, California, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2023