Neuromorphic event cameras are useful for dynamic vision problems under difficult lighting conditions. To enable studies of using event cameras in automobile driving applications, this paper reports a new end-to-end driving dataset called DDD20. The dataset was captured with a DAVIS camera that concurrently streams both dynamic vision sensor (DVS) brightness change events and active pixel sensor (APS) intensity frames. DDD20 is the longest event camera end-to-end driving dataset to date with 51h of DAVIS event+frame camera and vehicle human control data collected from 4000km of highway and urban driving under a variety of lighting conditions. Using DDD20, we report the first study of fusing brightness change events and intensity frame data using a deep learning approach to predict the instantaneous human steering wheel angle. Over all day and night conditions, the explained variance for human steering prediction from a Resnet-32 is significantly better from the fused DVS+APS frames (0.88) than using either DVS (0.67) or APS (0.77) data alone.
DDD20 End-to-End Event Camera Driving Dataset: Fusing Frames and Events with Deep Learning for Improved Steering Prediction
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