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Sensors 2017, 17(10), 2199;

Improving Night Time Driving Safety Using Vision-Based Classification Techniques

Degree Program of Digital Space and Product Design, Kainan University, Taoyuan City 338, Taiwan
Department of Electrical Engineering, Chang-Gung University, Taoyuan City 333, Taiwan
Department of Neurosurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, LinKou, Taoyuan City 333, Taiwan
Department of Electrical Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan
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Received: 17 August 2017 / Revised: 19 September 2017 / Accepted: 20 September 2017 / Published: 24 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from IEEE ICASI 2017)
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The risks involved in nighttime driving include drowsy drivers and dangerous vehicles. Prominent among the more dangerous vehicles around at night are the larger vehicles which are usually moving faster at night on a highway. In addition, the risk level of driving around larger vehicles rises significantly when the driver’s attention becomes distracted, even for a short period of time. For the purpose of alerting the driver and elevating his or her safety, in this paper we propose two components for any modern vision-based Advanced Drivers Assistance System (ADAS). These two components work separately for the single purpose of alerting the driver in dangerous situations. The purpose of the first component is to ascertain that the driver would be in a sufficiently wakeful state to receive and process warnings; this is the driver drowsiness detection component. The driver drowsiness detection component uses infrared images of the driver to analyze his eyes’ movements using a MSR plus a simple heuristic. This component issues alerts to the driver when the driver’s eyes show distraction and are closed for a longer than usual duration. Experimental results show that this component can detect closed eyes with an accuracy of 94.26% on average, which is comparable to previous results using more sophisticated methods. The purpose of the second component is to alert the driver when the driver’s vehicle is moving around larger vehicles at dusk or night time. The large vehicle detection component accepts images from a regular video driving recorder as input. A bi-level system of classifiers, which included a novel MSR-enhanced KAZE-base Bag-of-Features classifier, is proposed to avoid false negatives. In both components, we propose an improved version of the Multi-Scale Retinex (MSR) algorithm to augment the contrast of the input. Several experiments were performed to test the effects of the MSR and each classifier, and the results are presented in experimental results section of this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: MSR; KAZE; CNN; BoF; driver safety; advanced driver assistant MSR; KAZE; CNN; BoF; driver safety; advanced driver assistant

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Chien, J.-C.; Chen, Y.-S.; Lee, J.-D. Improving Night Time Driving Safety Using Vision-Based Classification Techniques. Sensors 2017, 17, 2199.

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