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License plate recognition method for inclined plates outdoors

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5 Author(s)
Naito, T. ; Toyota Central Res. & Dev. Labs. Inc., Aichi, Japan ; Tsukada, T. ; Yamada, K. ; Kozuka, K.
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This paper presents novel methods of recognizing license plates of passing vehicles outdoors. In particular, the proposed method is very robust for inclined plates caused by changes of camera placement. To acquire fine images of quickly passing vehicles under a wide range of illumination conditions, we developed a sensing system with superb characteristics. We expanded the dynamic range and eliminated the blurring of images of fast moving vehicles by synthesizing a pair of synchronized images with different intensities. Furthermore, to extend the flexibility of the positioning of the TV camera, we propose a recognition algorithm that can be applied to inclined plates. The performance of the integrated system was investigated on real images of vehicles captured under various illumination conditions. The recognition rates of over 99% (conventional plates) and over 97% (highly inclined plates) shows that the developed system is effective for license plate recognition

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Information Intelligence and Systems, 1999. Proceedings. 1999 International Conference on

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1999