Lane recognition and preceding vehicle tracking based on computer vision

Yanwen Chong, Wu Chen, Zhilin Li, Hing Keung William Lam

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The objective of this research is to develop a vision based intelligent vehicle system (IVS) that can recognize the lane and detect the preceding vehicles. By identifying the lane markings pixels on the urban road, the road triangle is extracted as an effective search area for vehicle detection. Vehicle detection is achieved by first using vehicle shadow feature to define a region of interest (ROI), then the interfere left in the road triangle is pruned. After utilizing the methods, such as histogram equalization, ROI entropy and mean of edge image, the exact vehicle rear box is determined. In vehicle tracking process, the predicted box is verified and updated and some important parameters such as relative distance or velocity, the number and type of the tracked vehicle can be calculated to supply to the driver assistance system to react. The system has been tested under different traffic conditions in Hong Kong urban areas. Testing results demonstrate that our new system illustrates good detection and tracking performance. Our contribution in the work includes road triangle, vehicle shadow highlighting, ROI predicted more robustly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th HKSTS International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationTransportation and Geography
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event14th HKSTS International Conference: Transportation and Geography - Kowloon, Hong Kong
Duration: 10 Dec 200912 Dec 2009


Conference14th HKSTS International Conference: Transportation and Geography
Country/TerritoryHong Kong

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transportation


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