Andreas Geiger

Publications of Daniel Dauner

Parting with Misconceptions about Learning-based Vehicle Motion Planning
D. Dauner, M. Hallgarten, A. Geiger and K. Chitta
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2023
Abstract: The release of nuPlan marks a new era in vehicle motion planning research, offering the first large-scale real-world dataset and evaluation schemes requiring both precise short-term planning and long-horizon ego-forecasting. Existing systems struggle to simultaneously meet both requirements. Indeed, we find that these tasks are fundamentally misaligned and should be addressed independently. We further assess the current state of closed-loop planning in the field, revealing the limitations of learning-based methods in complex real-world scenarios and the value of simple rule-based priors such as centerline selection through lane graph search algorithms. More surprisingly, for the open-loop sub-task, we observe that the best results are achieved when using only this centerline as scene context (ie, ignoring all information regarding the map and other agents). Combining these insights, we propose an extremely simple and efficient planner which outperforms an extensive set of competitors, winning the nuPlan planning challenge 2023.
Latex Bibtex Citation:
  author = {Daniel Dauner and Marcel Hallgarten and Andreas Geiger and Kashyap Chitta},
  title = {Parting with Misconceptions about Learning-based Vehicle Motion Planning},
  booktitle = {Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)},
  year = {2023}

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