Pedestrian Lane Detection for the Visually Impaired

Abstract

Traveling safely in outdoor environments is one of the most challenging activities for vision-disabled people. To improve the mobility of these people, an assistive navigation system is necessary. This paper is a step towards developing this system. We propose a robust method to detect the pedestrian marked lane at traffic junctions. The proposed method involves three stages: patches of interest (POI) extraction, lane marker detection and lane detection. The POI extraction is first performed to detect image patches located on the lane marker boundaries using template matching. Potential lane markers are then formed by using shape and intensity information. Finally, the walkable lane region is determined by verifying pairs of detected potential makers. A probabilistic framework using multiple geometric cues is proposed for the verification step. We create a new dataset collected from diverse environments and evaluate the proposed method on this dataset. The experimental results under challenging conditions have illustrated the efficiency and robustness of the proposed method compared to conventional techniques.

DOI: 10.1109/DICTA.2012.6411701

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@article{Le2012PedestrianLD, title={Pedestrian Lane Detection for the Visually Impaired}, author={Manh Cuong Le and Son Lam Phung and Abdesselam Bouzerdoum}, journal={2012 International Conference on Digital Image Computing Techniques and Applications (DICTA)}, year={2012}, pages={1-6} }