Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Enhancing automated vehicle safety through testing with realistic driver models

active interference car following


Improving safety during interactions between human drivers and automated vehicles requires an environment where autonomous vehicle software can interact with realistic human driving behavior. Generating this behavior has been challenging due to a lack of driver models that accurately reflect both vehicle kinematics and driver cognition. In this project, we propose to develop an active inference model of car-following behavior that will resolve these limitations. The model will be trained using the UC Berkeley INTERACTION dataset. After training, we will work with Waymo to validate the model on an internal dataset and, if necessary, implement a set of augmentations that will allow the model to be used to improve the safety of autonomous vehicle interactions with human drivers.

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Garcia, A. (2023, September 20). Learning Active Inference Models of Perception and Control. Webinar SafeD Virtual Webinar is available here. PDF of PowerPoint slides from Webinar available here.

Research Investigators (PI*)

Alfredo Garcia (TTI/TAMU)*

Project Information

Start Date: 2022-01-15
End Date: 2023-06-30
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $150,000
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 06-009

Safe-D Theme Areas

Automated Vehicles
Big Data Analytics

Safe-D Application Areas

Driver Factors and Interfaces
Planning for Safety
Vehicle Technology
Performance Measures
Operations and Design

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3135