Towards Human-Level License Plate Recognition

Jiafan Zhuang, Saihui Hou, Zilei Wang, Zheng-Jun Zha; Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV), 2018, pp. 306-321


License plate recognition (LPR) is a fundamental component of various intelligent transport systems, which is always expected to be accurate and efficient enough. In this paper, we propose a novel LPR framework consisting of semantic segmentation and character counting, towards achieving human-level performance. Benefiting from innovative structure, our method can recognize a whole license plate once rather than conducting character detection or sliding window followed by per-character recognition. Moreover, our method can achieve higher recognition accuracy due to more effectively exploiting global information and avoiding sensitive character detection, and is time-saving due to eliminating one-by-one character recognition. Finally, we experimentally verify the effectiveness of the proposed method on two public datasets (AOLP and Media Lab) and our License Plate Dataset. The results demonstrate our method significantly outperforms the previous state-of-the-art methods, and achieves the accuracies of more than 99% for almost all settings.

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author = {Zhuang, Jiafan and Hou, Saihui and Wang, Zilei and Zha, Zheng-Jun},
title = {Towards Human-Level License Plate Recognition},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV)},
month = {September},
year = {2018}