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Explorations and Lessons Learned in Building an Autonomous Formula SAE Car from Simulations

by   Dean Zadok, et al.

This paper describes the exploration and learnings during the process of developing a self-driving algorithm in simulation, followed by deployment on a real car. We specifically concentrate on the Formula Student Driverless competition. In such competitions, a formula race car, designed and built by students, is challenged to drive through previously unseen tracks that are marked by traffic cones. We explore and highlight the challenges associated with training a deep neural network that uses a single camera as input for inferring car steering angles in real-time. The paper explores in-depth creation of simulation, usage of simulations to train and validate the software stack and then finally the engineering challenges associated with the deployment of the system in real-world.


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