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Hands on the wheel: a Dataset for Driver Hand Detection and Tracking

Abstract: The ability to detect, localize and track the hands is crucial in many applications requiring the understanding of the person behavior, attitude and interactions. In particular, this is true for the automotive context, in which hand analysis allows to predict preparatory movements for maneuvers or to investigate the driver’s attention level. Moreover, due to the recent diffusion of cameras inside new car cockpits, it is feasible to use hand gestures to develop new Human-Car Interaction systems, more user-friendly and safe. In this paper, we propose a new dataset, called Turms, that consists of infrared images of driver’s hands, collected from the back of the steering wheel, an innovative point of view. The Leap Motion device has been selected for the recordings, thanks to its stereo capabilities and the wide view-angle. Besides, we introduce a method to detect the presence and the location of driver’s hands on the steering wheel, during driving activity tasks.


Borghi, Guido; Frigieri, Elia; Vezzani, Roberto; Cucchiara, Rita "Hands on the wheel: a Dataset for Driver Hand Detection and Tracking" Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU), Xi'An, pp. 564 -570 , 15 May 2018, 2018 DOI: 10.1109/FG.2018.00090

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