Researchers from the recently expanded Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California developed a new sub-centimeter accurate approach to estimate a moving vehicle’s position within a lane in real-time. To achieve this level of precision the researchers trained a deep neural network, aptly named DeepLanes, to process input images from two laterally-mounted down-facing cameras – each recording at an average 100 frames/s.
“Our unified framework approach is a simple, end-to-end solution that does not depend on tedious pre-processing, post-processing or hand-crafted features,” says the team of researchers. But it was only after a thorough evaluation of the results that they could proudly claim, “we are able to estimate the lane position in 99% of the cases with less than five pixel error”.
In the coming years the team expects their speedy and scalable DeepLanes technique can be applied to a variety of other automotive functions as well – anything from improved real-time navigation systems to fully automated driving features.