Accurate Mapping and Planning for Autonomous Racing

Published in IROS, 2020

Recommended citation: L. Andresen, A. Brandemuehl, A. Hönger, B. Kuan, N. Vödisch, H. Blum, V. Reijgwart, L. Bernreiter, L. Schaupp, J. J. Chung, M. Bürki, M. R. Oswald, R. Siegwart, and A. Gawel. "Accurate Mapping and Planning for Autonomous Racing", 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2020, pp. 4743-4749.

This paper presents the perception, mapping, and planning pipeline implemented on an autonomous race car. It was developed by the 2019 AMZ driverless team for the Formula Student Germany (FSG) 2019 driverless competition, where it won 1st place overall. The presented solution combines early fusion of camera and LiDAR data, a layered mapping approach, and a planning approach that uses Bayesian filtering to achieve high-speed driving on unknown race tracks while creating accurate maps. We benchmark the method against our team’s previous solution, which won FSG 2018, and show improved accuracy when driving at the same speeds. Furthermore, the new pipeline makes it possible to reliably raise the maximum driving speed in unknown environments from 3 m/s to 12 m/s while still mapping with an acceptable RMSE of 0.29 m.

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