Identifying License Plates in Distorted Vehicle Images: Detecting Distorted Vehicle Licence Plates Using a Novel Preprocessing Methods With Hybrid Feature Descriptors

Intelligent transportation systems (ITSs) play a key role in many people’s lives with different aspects. Most of the ITS applications include a system for detecting license plates (LPs) in transportation vehicles. A new framework for such detection systems is introduced in this article. It includes a novel technique for preprocessing, extraction, and detection stages to identify LPs from distorted vehicle images. An efficient preprocessing method is developed in this study. An enhanced, contrast-limited adaptive histogram equalization method for filtering the unwanted LP features is proposed. At the features-extraction stage, strong hybrid features from extended local binary patterns with a median robust pattern descriptor and speeded-up robust feature descriptor are applied to extract complicated features from LP areas. Those hybrid features can enhance the useful information, and the detection system performed well under difficult scenarios. In the detection stage, the trained model by an extreme learning machine (ELM) classifier, with mean-shift algorithm, is used as a detector to decide output results. Performances of the proposed framework were compared with other classifiers using true- and false-positive rates. The system’s performance improvements by the proposed method were also compared with the authors' previous methods and the existing detection methods in the literature. The experiments on an English car LP’s database and other language vehicle images showed that the proposed method made significant improvements to the accuracy and runtime speed for the detection system under difficult image conditions.


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  • Accession Number: 01897715
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2023 1:37PM