Dataspeed’s Sensor Calibration Tool provides a set of functionality that can be used to set up and calibrate a suite of lidars and cameras. This convenient tool reduces the hassle of sensor setup and allows the user to spend more time on essential autonomous or data collection research. The Dataspeed Sensor Calibration Tool was selected by the University of Tartu’s Autonomous Driving Lab (under the Institute of Computer Science) because of Dataspeed’s reputation as one of the few well-known Drive-by-Wire functionality providers. 

The manual TF tool and its possibilities seem very useful and helped us in the process.

Kertu Toompea

The manual TF frame adjustment tool has two main purposes:

Manual TF adjustment window

While the tool has four different calibration options, the University’s Autonomous Driving Lab was most interested in using the camera-lidar alignment calibration mode. A square or rectangular target board with a hue that is distinct from the rest of the camera scene is used as a tool for the calibration procedure. The algorithm isolates the target board using hue and saturation thresholding, matching user-specified settings. The value channel of the image is ignored to mitigate the effects of shadows cast on the target board. The Autonomous Driving Lab is currently utilizing this tool to calibrate some of their car’s lidar and camera sensors to streamline their process.

Before Calibration
After Calibration

Dataspeed Sensor Calibration Modes

Lidar Ground Plane Alignment: This calibration mode inputs the point cloud from a 3D lidar sensor, detects the ground plane in the cloud, and then adjusts the roll angle, pitch angle, and z offset of the transform from vehicle frame to lidar frame such that the ground plane is level and positioned at z = 0 in vehicle frame.

This calibration mode inputs point clouds from two 3D lidar sensors and computes the translation and orientation between the sensors’ coordinate frames. It does this by comparing distinguishing features in the overlapping point clouds.

This calibration mode inputs a camera image and a point cloud from a 3D lidar sensor and computes the translation and orientation between the sensors’ coordinate frames. It does this by detecting edges and corners of a rectangular target board in both the camera image and the lidar point cloud and comparing multiple samples.

The camera validation GUI can be used to validate the extrinsics between multiple cameras with overlapping fields of view.


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