ADAS technologies specialist Valeo, has launched WoodScape, the first surround‑view fisheye camera open-source dataset, with the aim of taking research in computer vision for automated driving and parking to the next level.
The WoodScape name is a nod to Robert Wood, who invented the first fisheye camera in 1906.
“With WoodScape, we would like to encourage the research community to develop computer vision algorithms for fisheye cameras aimed at both low- and high-speed vehicle automation scenarios, in order to make roads safer”, said Marc Vrecko, President of Valeo’s Comfort & Driving Assistance Business Group.
WoodScape comprises over 10,000 images captured by multiple Valeo vehicles across Europe using four automotive-grade surround-view fisheye cameras and annotations for a variety of tasks such as semantic segmentation, depth estimation, 2D object detection, visual odometry, motion segmentation, soiling detection and end-to-end driving.
While datasets from narrow field cameras are available, there are no extensive multitask surround-view fisheye camera datasets publicly available. In addition, most automotive public datasets limit research to three or four tasks.
One of the biggest challenges in automated driving research is obtaining sufficient relevant data that has been thoroughly labeled and human-annotated to allow perception systems to classify objects surrounding the vehicle. WoodScape will help to address this challenge.
Valeo has developed the most comprehensive sensor portfolio in the automotive industry, comprising ultrasonic sensors, radars, cameras, and the first and only series-produced LiDAR to meet automotive standards and able to be fitted in vehicles that are already on the market. In particular, Valeo produces fisheye cameras enabling 360° perception, key for automated driving.
The Valeo open dataset is available on: https://woodscape.valeo.com/dataset
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving.
In 2020, the Group generated sales of 16.4 billion euros and invested 12% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development.
At December 31, 2020, Valeo had 187 plants, 20 research centers, 43 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employed 110,300 people in 33 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.