The paper “Autonomous driving at intersections: Combining theoretical analysis with practical considerations” won a Best Paper Award at the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux.
The paper was written by Arnaud de La Fortelle (Director of the Robotics Centre and holder of the Chair Drive for All) and Xiangjun Qian (PhD student at the Robotics Centre) as part of the work on the European project Autonet 2030 and within the Chaire Drive for All.
The move towards automated driving is gaining impetus recently. This paper follows the approach of combining theoretical analysis with practical issues. It gives an insight of some practical problems that are encountered when running automated vehicles in real environments, using intersection crossing as a major example. The aim is not to try to be exhaustive but to show some criteria (safety, efficiency, reactivity, resilience, scalability…) for decision making in automated driving that have to be balanced before any mass deployment. In a second part we introduce mathematical tools that can help define algorithms and systems that improve current state of the art. We will also show some perspective for accommodating the hypotheses of these mathematical tools with real life constraints.