Exploiting Dream-Like Simulation Mechanism to Develop Safer Agents for Automated Driving


Presented/published at IEEE ITSC 2017


Automated driving needs unprecedented levels of reliably and safety before marked deployment. The average human driver fatal accident rate is 1 every 100 million miles. Automated vehicles will have to provably best these figures. This paper introduces the notion of dream-like mechanisms as a simulation technology to produce a large number of hypothetical design and test scenarios – especially focusing on variations of more frequent dangerous and near miss events. Grounded in the simulation hypothesis of cognition, we show here some principles for effective simulation mechanisms and an artificial cognitive system architecture that can learn from the simulated situations.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731593.