Robust on-vehicle real-time visual detection of American and European speed limit signs, with a modular Traffic Signs Recognition system

Abstract : In this paper, we present robust visual speed limit signs detection and recognition systems for American and European signs. Both are variants of the same modular traffic signs recognition architecture, with a sign detection step based only on shape-detection (rectangles or circles), which makes our systems insensitive to color variability and quite robust to illumination variations. Instead of a global recognition, our system classifies (or rejects) the speed-limit sign candidates by segmenting potential digits inside them, and then applying a neural network digit recognition. This helps handling global sign variability, as long as digits are properly recognized. The global sign detection rate is around 90% for both (standard) U.S. and E.U. speed limit signs, with a misclassification rate below 1%, and not a single validated false alarm in >150 minutes of recorded videos. The system processes in real-time videos with images of 640x480 pixels, at ~20frames/s on a standard 2.13GHz dual-core laptop.
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Fabien Moutarde, Alexandre Bargeton, Anne Herbin, Lowik Chanussot. Robust on-vehicle real-time visual detection of American and European speed limit signs, with a modular Traffic Signs Recognition system. IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV'2007), Jun 2007, Istanbul, Turkey. ⟨hal-00422588⟩

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