We introduce CARLA, an open-source simulator for autonomous driving research.
CARLA has been developed from the ground up to support development, training,
and validation of autonomous urban driving systems. In addition to open-source
code and protocols, CARLA provides open digital assets (urban layouts,
buildings, vehicles) that were created for this purpose and can be used freely.
The simulation platform supports flexible specification of sensor suites and
environmental conditions. We use CARLA to study the performance of three
approaches to autonomous driving: a classic modular pipeline, an end-to-end
model trained via imitation learning, and an end-to-end model trained via
reinforcement learning. The approaches are evaluated in controlled scenarios of
increasing difficulty, and their performance is examined via metrics provided
by CARLA, illustrating the platform's utility for autonomous driving research.
The supplementary video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Hp8Dz-Zek2E