Lessons Learned from Deploying Autonomous Vehicles at UC San Diego


While most autonomous driving efforts reported are directed for general driving and mainly on major roads, there are numerous applications for autonomous vehicles for last mile mobility–from person mobility and mail delivery to flexible recharging of cars in parking structures. Over the last year, we have designed vehicles for the micro-mobility challenge. Our approach was based on adoption of the open source Autoware system. The system was taken as a starting point for the design of a robust solution. Proposed requirements include a robust control design, a shift towards increased use of image data over LiDAR data, handling of a richer set of vehicles / pedestrians in a last mile scenario, and overall system characterization and evaluation. We present an overview of the overall design and the design decisions for construction of vehicles for last-mile delivery.


David Paz
Po-Jung Lai
Sumukha Harish
Hengyuan Zhang
Nathan Chan
Chun Hu
Sumit Binnani
Henrik I. Christensen



We acknowledge the support provided by UC San Diego Logistics Unit, Fleet Services, Police Department, and Mail Delivery Center. We would like to thank Dr. Henrik I. Christensen and Dr. Todd Hylton for making this partnership and project possible, as well Shengye Wang, Dominique Meyer, Eric Lo, Sayan Mondal, Shawn Winston, Francis Joseph, and Ploy Temiyasathit for contributing on different aspects of the project.


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