Winter Adverse Driving dataSet (WADS): Year Three

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Michigan Tech's unique climatology allows for relatively effortless collection of autonomous vehicle winter driving data featuring notionally severe winter weather. Over the past two years we have collected over twenty-five terabytes of winter driving data in suburban and rural settings. Year one focused on phenomenology of snowfall in the context of autonomous vehicle sensors, specifically LiDAR. Year two focused on more severe conditions, longer wavelength LiDAR, and first attempts at applying perception pipeline processing to the dataset. For year three we focus on simultaneous RADAR and LiDAR data collection in arctic-like conditions and LiDAR designs likely to be used in ADAS and production autonomous vehicles. We also introduce a point-wise labeled portion of our dataset to aid machine learning based autonomy and a snow removal filter to reduce clutter noise and improve existing object detection algorithms.

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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering