Revisiting Depth-guided Methods for Monocular 3D Object Detection by Hierarchical Balanced DepthDownload PDF

Published: 30 Aug 2023, Last Modified: 16 Oct 2023CoRL 2023 PosterReaders: Everyone
Keywords: monocular 3D object detection, autonomous driving
Abstract: Monocular 3D object detection has seen significant advancements with the incorporation of depth information. However, there remains a considerable performance gap compared to LiDAR-based methods, largely due to inaccurate depth estimation. We argue that this issue stems from the commonly used pixel-wise depth map loss, which inherently creates the imbalance of loss weighting between near and distant objects. To address these challenges, we propose MonoHBD (Monocular Hierarchical Balanced Depth), a comprehensive solution with the hierarchical mechanism. We introduce the Hierarchical Depth Map (HDM) structure that incorporates depth bins and depth offsets to enhance the localization accuracy for objects. Leveraging RoIAlign, our Balanced Depth Extractor (BDE) module captures both scene-level depth relationships and object-specific depth characteristics while considering the geometry properties through the inclusion of camera calibration parameters. Furthermore, we propose a novel depth map loss that regularizes object-level depth features to mitigate imbalanced loss propagation. Our model reaches state-of-the-art results on the KITTI 3D object detection benchmark while supporting real-time detection. Excessive ablation studies are also conducted to prove the efficacy of our proposed modules.
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