Autonomous Shuttles for Last-Mile Connectivity
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This paper describes an autonomous shuttle which targets providing last-mile transportation. Often, this involves operation in crowded areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic, and little to no lane markings or traffic control. We aim to create a functional shuttle to be improved upon in the future as new robust solutions are developed to replace the current components. An initial implementation of such a shuttle presented, detailing the overall architecture, controller structure, waypoint following, obstacle detection and avoidance, LiDAR based sign detection, and pedestrian communication. The performance of each component is evaluated, and future improvements are discussed.
author list (cited authors)
Neel, G., Darwesh, A., Le, Q., & Saripalli, S.