Object-Centric Stereo Matching for 3D Object Detection

17 Sep 2019  ·  Alex D. Pon, Jason Ku, Chengyao Li, Steven L. Waslander ·

Safe autonomous driving requires reliable 3D object detection-determining the 6 DoF pose and dimensions of objects of interest. Using stereo cameras to solve this task is a cost-effective alternative to the widely used LiDAR sensor. The current state-of-the-art for stereo 3D object detection takes the existing PSMNet stereo matching network, with no modifications, and converts the estimated disparities into a 3D point cloud, and feeds this point cloud into a LiDAR-based 3D object detector. The issue with existing stereo matching networks is that they are designed for disparity estimation, not 3D object detection; the shape and accuracy of object point clouds are not the focus. Stereo matching networks commonly suffer from inaccurate depth estimates at object boundaries, which we define as streaking, because background and foreground points are jointly estimated. Existing networks also penalize disparity instead of the estimated position of object point clouds in their loss functions. We propose a novel 2D box association and object-centric stereo matching method that only estimates the disparities of the objects of interest to address these two issues. Our method achieves state-of-the-art results on the KITTI 3D and BEV benchmarks.

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Task Dataset Model Metric Name Metric Value Global Rank Result Benchmark
3D Object Detection From Stereo Images KITTI Cars Moderate OC-Stereo AP75 37.60 # 9
3D Object Detection From Stereo Images KITTI Cyclists Moderate OC-Stereo AP50 16.63 # 5


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