GT AutoRally: Aggressive Driving with MPPI Control Overview

What is it?

Ever had to slam on the brakes to avoid slamming into that pothole that never seems to get fixed? Ever had to swerve left, then right, then left again to miss that cute, bushy-tailed squirrel that just can’t seem to decide in which direction it wants to escape? A Georgia Tech research team is working on AutoRally, a novel way to help keep a driverless vehicle under control as it maneuvers at the edge of its handling limits, and the approach could help make self-driving cars of the future safer under similar hazardous road conditions. AutoRally is a 1:5 scale rally car that can travel at blistering speeds while controlling turns and calculating for on-course obstacles.

Who’s it for?

Future travelers everywhere

What’s it cost?

The rally cars are expensive to make, but the long-term technology could be priceless.

From the workshop of:

Professor Jim Rehg from the School of Interactive Computing, Ph.D. candidate Brian Goldfain (Robotics, IC), Ph.D. candidate Paul Drews (Robotics, ECE), Ph.D. candidate Grady Williams (Robotics, IC), Ph.D. candidate Kamil Saigol (Robotics, ECE), Ph.D. candidate Nolan Wagener (Robotics, IC), M.S. student Matt Barulic (CS), M.S. student Marcus Pereira (AE)