Arguably the most essential piece of hardware for a self-driving car setup is a lidar. A lidar allows to collect precise distances to nearby objects by continuously scanning vehicle surroundings with a beam of laser light, and measuring how long it took the reflected pulses to travel back to sensor.
The goal of this project was to try and detect a set of road features in a forward facing vehicle camera data. This is a somewhat naive way as it is mainly using computer vision techniques (no relation to naive Bayesian!). Features we are going to detect and track are lane boundaries and surrounding vehicles.
This is how I built and configured my dedicated data science machine that acts as a remote backend for Jupyter Notebook and PyCharm. It is backed by a powerful Nvidia GPU and is accessible from anywhere, so that when it comes to machine learning tasks I am no longer constrained by my personal computer hardware performance.
The goal of this project was to train a end-to-end deep learning model that would let a car drive itself around the track in a driving simulator. The approach I took was based on a paper by Nvidia research team with a significantly simplified architecture that was optimised for this specific project.
This is my attempt to tackle traffic signs classification problem with a convolutional neural network implemented in TensorFlow (reaching 99.33% accuracy). The highlights of this solution would be data preprocessing, data augmentation, pre-training and skipping connections in the network.