Game Grand Theft Auto turned into a test site for real unmanned vehicles
When the developers of artificial intelligence for the autopilot are convinced that he has learned to perform regular tasks, they face the task of testing their offspring in obviously dangerous situations. But where to get so many unpredictable drivers, how to create unforeseen situations on the road and draw AI into the solution of conflict issues, without harming anyone and nothing? Intel came up with how to adapt for this purpose the most infamous game, where permanent chaos on the road is the norm.
At the Technological University of Darmstadt, in conjunction with American IT-schniki developed a system for transmitting visual information from the game world to the sensors of real autopilot. An artificial driver does not play a game, but he reacts to events that unfold on the streets of Los Santos as absolutely reliable phenomena.
It’s convenient – those who, even though sometimes just drifting around the virtual world of Grand Theft Auto, without chases and skirmishes, certainly paid attention to the high detail of the aspects of traffic. There are signs, traffic lights, pedestrians of varying degrees of impudence and both obedient and inadequate chauffeurs. And they are sitting at the controls of various vehicles, so the required variety of traffic is provided.
Before a drone does not need to go through this or that adventurous mission, on the contrary, they learn to drive safely in a constantly changing environment. This is the appearance of animals on the road, and the change of weather, and contact with the police, and travel through very complex interchanges and intersections, as well as training in building the optimal route.
An additional argument in favor of learning autopilot on the streets of the game world – engineers can simulate any situation and run the test countless times. Up to drive 3 million km per day, meticulously marking how the AI reacts to minor changes in the scenario. However, there are doubts that the supervisory authorities will count these virtual trips as a real experience in training autopilot systems. Therefore, while everything is theoretical, and the “robbed GTA” robot will not soon leave on a real road.