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Cooperative Decision-Making for CAVs at Unsignalized Intersections: A MARL Approach with Attention and Hierarchical Game Priors
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  • Jiaqi Liu ,
  • Peng Hang ,
  • Xiaoxiang Na ,
  • Chao Huang ,
  • Jian Sun
Jiaqi Liu
Tongji University

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The development of autonomous vehicles has shown great potential to enhance the efficiency and safety of transportation systems. However, the decision-making issue in complex human-machine mixed traffic scenarios, such as unsignalized intersections, remains a challenge for autonomous vehicles. While reinforcement learning (RL) has been used to solve complex decision-making problems, existing RL methods still have limitations in dealing with cooperative decision-making of multiple connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), ensuring safety during exploration, and simulating realistic human driver behaviors. In this paper, a novel and efficient algorithm, Multi-Agent Game-prior Attention Deep Deterministic Policy Gradient (MA-GA-DDPG), is proposed to address these limitations. Our proposed algorithm formulates the decision-making problem of CAVs at unsignalized intersections as a decentralized multi-agent reinforcement learning problem and incorporates an attention mechanism to capture interaction dependencies between ego CAV and other agents. The attention weights between the ego vehicle and other agents are then used to screen interaction objects and obtain prior hierarchical game relations, based on which a safety inspector module is designed to improve the traffic safety. Moreover, we consider the heterogeneity of human drivers in traffic environments and conduct a series of comprehensive experiments. The proposed approach shows better performance in terms of driving safety, efficiency and comfort than conventional RL algorithms.