While self-driving cars are in early stages, one of the biggest things is getting street time for the AI systems to learn different situations. It seems that one way of improving your AI driving is to put them on the streets of Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V.
Davide Bacchet, who leads the simulation effort in San Jose, California, for Nio, a startup aiming to introduce an autonomous electric car in the U.S. in 2020 told Bloomberg Technology.
Just relying on data from the roads is not practical. With simulation, you can run the same scenario over and over again for infinite times, then test it again.
While it might seem a bit out there to train AI in a video game, similar systems are put in place to train the AI used in games. Automated test tools have AI run tracks over and over, making mistakes, recovering and learning. That information is then used in the game to give AI opponents a more realistic feel.
Self-driving car company Waymo said in a project report quoted by Bloomberg
We’re able to play back the exact situation and predict via simulation what could have happened if the car had been left to drive itself. If the simulator shows better driving is called for, our engineers can make refinements to the software, and run those changes in simulation in order to test the fixes.
If you are wondering how the self-driving AI is getting on in Los Santos then wonder no more. Modders have given us our first look at Google’s self-driving car experience. Thanks to pizzaforbreakfast for sharing it on YouTube.
If you think you can drive better than automated self-driving cars then Grand Theft Auto V is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.