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Camera-car Video Analysis for Steering Wheel's Tracking

Abstract: Monitoring and controlling the driver’s guidance by analyzing the rotation impressed to the steering-wheel can be a very important task in order to improve safety. This paper proposes a general-purpose method to track the steering wheel’s absolute angle by using a single camera vision system mounted inside the car. The absolute angle is computed by means of the accumulation of inter-frame relative rotations and the error propagation is prevented with an alignment process. The approach is based on the modeling of the motion of the steering wheel, as it appears perspectivelydistorted by the point of view of the un-calibrated camera. We modified the Lucas-Kanade method for an approximatively rotational motion model in order to provide the detection and tracking of significant features on the wheel. The experimental results are compared with ground-truthed data obtained with different types of sensors.


Cucchiara, Rita; Grana, Costantino; A., Prati; F., Vigetti; M., Piccardi "Camera-car Video Analysis for Steering Wheel's Tracking" Proceedings of 1st International Workshop on In-Vehicle Cognitive Computer Vision Systems, Graz, Austria, pp. 36 -43 , Apr 3, 2003

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