Conference Paper

A probabilistic model for estimating driver behaviors and vehicle trajectories in traffic environments

Inst. for Anthropomatics, Karlsruhe Inst. of Technol., Karlsruhe, Germany
DOI: 10.1109/ITSC.2010.5625262 Conference: Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), 2010 13th International IEEE Conference on
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ABSTRACT This paper presents a filter that is able to simultaneously estimate the behaviors of traffic participants and anticipate their future trajectories. This is achieved by recognizing the type of situation derived from the local situational context, which subsumes all information relevant for the drivers decision making. By explicitly taking into account the interactions between vehicles, it achieves a comprehensive situational understanding, inevitable for autonomous vehicles and driver assistance systems. This provides the necessary information for safe behavior decision making or motion planning. The filter is modeled as a Dynamic Bayesian Network. The factored state space, modeling the causal dependencies, allows to describe the models in a compact fashion and reduces the computational complexity of the inference process. The filter is evaluated in the context of a highway scenario, showing a good performance even with very noisy measurements. The presented framework is intended to be used in traffic environments but can be easily transferred to other robotic domains.

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