Game theory based autonomous vehicles operation Academic Article uri icon


  • In this paper, we propose a game theory based approach to decision making with application to the operation of autonomous ground vehicles in highway setting. The mixed-motive game theory is utilised as a decisionmaking strategy in the context of a two-player game involving autonomous vehicles. The payoff matrices are defined by considering the safety of each player's decision combination in view of their desire to stay within a given lane or to change lanes in consideration of the traffic conditions that the vehicles encounter. By analysing the payoff matrix, either a pure (deterministic) strategy or a mixed (probabilistic) strategy is selected. Three 10 km velocity profiles are predefined for simulation purposes. The simulation results demonstrate effective driving performance. In particular when it is compared with non-game theory cases, game theory based results show larger payoff for both vehicles and smaller payoff differences, securing safe manoeuvring via lane change manoeuvre (LCM) and adaptive cruise control (ACC). Copyright 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, C., & Langari, R.

citation count

  • 26

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Changwon||Langari, Reza

publication date

  • January 2014