Vitenskapelig artikkel

Classification-based vehicle detection in high-resolution satellite images

Eikvil, Line; Koren, Hans; Aurdal, Lars

Publication details

Journal: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (P&RS), vol. 64, p. 65–72–8, 2009

Publishers: Elsevier

Issue: 1

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 0924-2716
Electronic: 1872-8235


In this study, we have looked into the problem of vehicle detection in high-resolution satellite images. Based on the input from the local road authorities, we have focused not only on highways, but also on inner city roads, where more clutter is expected. The study site is the city of Oslo, Norway. To do vehicle detection in these areas, we propose an automatic approach, consisting of a segmentation step, followed by two stages of object classification. In the process, we utilize multispectral images, panchromatic images and a road network. The approach has been tested on Quickbird images, and the results that are obtained have been compared with manual counts and classifications.