Purdue University Graduate School
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E-scooter Rider Detection System in Driving Environments

posted on 2021-08-06, 12:34 authored by Kumar ApurvKumar Apurv
E-scooters are ubiquitous and their number keeps escalating, increasing their interactions with other vehicles on the road. E-scooter riders have an atypical behavior that varies enormously from other vulnerable road users, creating new challenges for vehicle active safety systems and automated driving functionalities. The detection of e-scooter riders by other vehicles is the first step in taking care of the risks. This research presents a novel vision-based system to differentiate between e-scooter riders and regular pedestrians and a benchmark dataset for e-scooter riders in natural environments. An efficient system pipeline built using two existing state-of-the-art convolutional neural networks (CNN), You Only Look Once (YOLOv3) and MobileNetV2, performs detection of these vulnerable e-scooter riders.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Computer Science

Campus location

  • Indianapolis

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Jiang Yu Zheng

Additional Committee Member 2

Renran Tian

Additional Committee Member 3

Gavriil Tsechpenakis