Traffic Light Recognition

June 6th, 2020

As part of my Machine Learning Engineering course, I developed an end to end traffic light recognition system.

I decided to use Pytorch for this, due to it’s relatively straightforward API and rapid prototyping abilities.

I used a pretrained Faster RCNN model to start with, and then fine tuned it on the LISA Traffic Light dataset.

The end result was an API that, if a user sends a POST request to it with an image containing a traffic lights, it would (hopefully) return the pixel coordinates of the traffic lights and the state of each traffic light (e.g. ‘stop’, ‘go’, ‘goLeft’).

I initially deployed this on AWS Elastic Beanstalk, but as I don’t want to pay bucketloads for hosting it I’ve just uploaded the model to S3. If you want to try it out, follow these instructions.

This was a great experience for me - it allowed me to see a Machine Learning project through from data collection to model deployment.

I hope to expand this project with different network architectures (such as YOLO or SSD), more varied data and perhaps integrating with Google Streetview API.