Learning to Drive in a Day

Alex Kendall, Jeffrey Hawke, David Janz, Przemyslaw Mazur, Daniele Reda, John-Mark Allen, Vinh-Dieu Lam, Alex Bewley, Amar Shah

Oct 11, 2018 NIPS 2018 Workshop MLITS Submission readers: everyone
  • Abstract: We demonstrate the first application of deep reinforcement learning to autonomous driving. From randomly initialised parameters, our model is able to learn a policy for lane following in a handful of training episodes using a single monocular image as input. We provide a general and easy to obtain reward: the distance travelled by the vehicle without the safety driver taking control. We use a continuous, model-free deep reinforcement learning algorithm, with all exploration and optimisation performed on-vehicle. This demonstrates a new framework for autonomous driving which moves away from reliance on defined logical rules, mapping, and direct supervision. We discuss the challenges and opportunities to scale this approach to a broader range of autonomous driving tasks.
  • TL;DR: We demonstrate the first application of deep reinforcement learning to autonomous driving, training a model-free RL algorithm to do lane following in 15min from 11 training episodes, all on-board a real self-driving car.
  • Keywords: reinforcement learning, autonomous driving
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