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How much of driving is pre-attentive?

Pugeault, N and Bowden, RICHARD (2015) How much of driving is pre-attentive? IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

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Driving a car in an urban setting is an extremely difficult problem, incorporating a large number of complex visual tasks; yet, this problem is solved daily by most adults with little apparent effort. This article proposes a novel vision-based approach to autonomous driving that can predict and even anticipate a driver’s behaviour in real-time, using preattentive vision only. Experiments on three large datasets totalling over 200,000 frames show that our pre-attentive model can: 1) detect a wide range of driving-critical context such as crossroads, city centre and road type; however, more surprisingly it can 2) detect the driver’s actions (over 80% of braking and turning actions); and 3) estimate the driver’s steering angle accurately. Additionally, our model is consistent with human data: first, the best steering prediction is obtained for a perception to action delay consistent with psychological experiments. Importantly, this prediction can be made before the driver’s action. Second, the regions of the visual field used by the computational model correlate strongly with the driver’s gaze locations, significantly outperforming many saliency measures and comparably to state-of-the-art approaches.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering > Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing
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Date : 1 December 2015
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Oct 2015 09:24
Last Modified : 07 Oct 2015 09:24

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