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HazardNet: Road Debris Detection by Augmentation of Synthetic Models
We present an algorithm to detect unseen road debris using a small set of synthetic models. Early detection of road debris is critical for safe autonomous or assisted driving, yet the development of a robust road debris detection model has not been widely discussed. There are two main challenges to building a road debris detector: first, data collection of road debris is challenging since hazardous objects on the road are rare to encounter in real driving scenarios; second, the variability of road debris is broad, ranging from a very small brick to a large fallen tree. To overcome these challenges, we propose a novel approach to few-shot learning of road debris that uses semantic augmentation and domain randomization to augment real road images with synthetic models. We constrain the problem domain to uncommon objects on the road and allow the deep neural network, HazardNet, to learn the semantic meaning of road debris to eventually detect unseen road debris. Our results demonstrate that HazardNet is able to accurately detect real road debris when only trained on synthetic objects in augmented images.