Intelligent vehicles technology is advancing at a vertiginous pace. However, the complexity behind some highly uncertain and dynamic urban driving scenarios suggest full automation may have usage limits. AUTOPIA Program was created 15 years ago with the intention of mitigating the potential limitations of fully autonomous driving through the use of shared human-machine control and cooperation with other road agents.
AUTOPIA has a solid experience in providing intelligence to automated vehicle systems in specific situations where communication and interaction abilities may permit to solve understanding-decision dilemas of isolated self-driving cars. The group has a growing interest in decision-making architectures where driver intentions and skills can be adopted at different assistance levels (from SAE L2 to L4). In this connection, the influence of perception, localisation and mapping on decision-making and road interactions are key research questions that articulate AUTOPIA scientific activity.