DAGMapper: Learning to Map by Discovering Lane Topology

Namdar Homayounfar, Wei-Chiu Ma, Justin Liang, Xinyu Wu, Jack Fan, Raquel Urtasun; Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2019, pp. 2911-2920


One of the fundamental challenges to scale self-driving is being able to create accurate high definition maps (HD maps) with low cost. Current attempts to automate this pro- cess typically focus on simple scenarios, estimate independent maps per frame or do not have the level of precision required by modern self driving vehicles. In contrast, in this paper we focus on drawing the lane boundaries of complex highways with many lanes that contain topology changes due to forks and merges. Towards this goal, we formulate the problem as inference in a directed acyclic graphical model (DAG), where the nodes of the graph encode geo- metric and topological properties of the local regions of the lane boundaries. Since we do not know a priori the topology of the lanes, we also infer the DAG topology (i.e., nodes and edges) for each region. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach on two major North American Highways in two different states and show high precision and recall as well as 89% correct topology.

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author = {Homayounfar, Namdar and Ma, Wei-Chiu and Liang, Justin and Wu, Xinyu and Fan, Jack and Urtasun, Raquel},
title = {DAGMapper: Learning to Map by Discovering Lane Topology},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV)},
month = {October},
year = {2019}