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Neural Computation

Spring 1991, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pages 88-97
(doi: 10.1162/neco.1991.3.1.88)
© 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Efficient Training of Artificial Neural Networks for Autonomous Navigation
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The ALVINN (Autonomous Land Vehicle In a Neural Network) project addresses the problem of training artificial neural networks in real time to perform difficult perception tasks. ALVINN is a backpropagation network designed to drive the CMU Navlab, a modified Chevy van. This paper describes the training techniques that allow ALVINN to learn in under 5 minutes to autonomously control the Navlab by watching the reactions of a human driver. Using these techniques, ALVINN has been trained to drive in a variety of circumstances including single-lane paved and unpaved roads, and multilane lined and unlined roads, at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.