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Lane Detection Optimized with GPU Coder

This example shows how to generate CUDA® code from a deep learning network, represented by a SeriesNetwork object. In this example, the series network is a convolutional neural network that can detect and output lane marker boundaries from an image.


  • CUDA enabled NVIDIA® GPU.

  • NVIDIA CUDA toolkit and driver.

  • NVIDIA cuDNN library.

  • OpenCV libraries for video read and image display operations.

  • Environment variables for the compilers and libraries. For information on the supported versions of the compilers and libraries, see Third-Party Hardware. For setting up the environment variables, see Setting Up the Prerequisite Products.

Verify GPU Environment

Use the coder.checkGpuInstall function to verify that the compilers and libraries necessary for running this example are set up correctly.

envCfg = coder.gpuEnvConfig('host');
envCfg.DeepLibTarget = 'cudnn';
envCfg.DeepCodegen = 1;
envCfg.Quiet = 1;

Get Pretrained SeriesNetwork

[laneNet, coeffMeans, coeffStds] = getLaneDetectionNetworkGPU();

This network takes an image as an input and outputs two lane boundaries that correspond to the left and right lanes of the ego vehicle. Each lane boundary is represented by the parabolic equation: y=ax2+bx+c, where y is the lateral offset and x is the longitudinal distance from the vehicle. The network outputs the three parameters a, b, and c per lane. The network architecture is similar to AlexNet except that the last few layers are replaced by a smaller fully connected layer and regression output layer. To view the network architecture, use the analyzeNetwork function.


Examine Main Entry-Point Function

type detect_lane.m
function [laneFound, ltPts, rtPts] = detect_lane(frame, laneCoeffMeans, laneCoeffStds) 
% From the networks output, compute left and right lane points in the image
% coordinates. The camera coordinates are described by the caltech mono
% camera model.


% A persistent object mynet is used to load the series network object. At
% the first call to this function, the persistent object is constructed and
% setup. When the function is called subsequent times, the same object is
% reused to call predict on inputs, thus avoiding reconstructing and
% reloading the network object.
persistent lanenet;

if isempty(lanenet)
    lanenet = coder.loadDeepLearningNetwork('laneNet.mat', 'lanenet');

lanecoeffsNetworkOutput = lanenet.predict(permute(frame, [2 1 3]));

% Recover original coeffs by reversing the normalization steps

params = lanecoeffsNetworkOutput .* laneCoeffStds + laneCoeffMeans;

isRightLaneFound = abs(params(6)) > 0.5; %c should be more than 0.5 for it to be a right lane
isLeftLaneFound =  abs(params(3)) > 0.5;

vehicleXPoints = 3:30; %meters, ahead of the sensor
ltPts = coder.nullcopy(zeros(28,2,'single'));
rtPts = coder.nullcopy(zeros(28,2,'single'));

if isRightLaneFound && isLeftLaneFound
    rtBoundary = params(4:6);		
	rt_y = computeBoundaryModel(rtBoundary, vehicleXPoints);
	ltBoundary = params(1:3);
	lt_y = computeBoundaryModel(ltBoundary, vehicleXPoints);
	% Visualize lane boundaries of the ego vehicle
    tform = get_tformToImage;
    % map vehicle to image coordinates
    ltPts =  tform.transformPointsInverse([vehicleXPoints', lt_y']);
    rtPts =  tform.transformPointsInverse([vehicleXPoints', rt_y']);
	laneFound = true;
	laneFound = false;


function yWorld = computeBoundaryModel(model, xWorld)
	yWorld = polyval(model, xWorld);	

function tform = get_tformToImage 
% Compute extrinsics based on camera setup
yaw = 0;
pitch = 14; % pitch of the camera in degrees
roll = 0;

translation = translationVector(yaw, pitch, roll);
rotation    = rotationMatrix(yaw, pitch, roll);

% Construct a camera matrix
focalLength    = [309.4362, 344.2161];
principalPoint = [318.9034, 257.5352];
Skew = 0;

camMatrix = [rotation; translation] * intrinsicMatrix(focalLength, ...
	Skew, principalPoint);

% Turn camMatrix into 2-D homography
tform2D = [camMatrix(1,:); camMatrix(2,:); camMatrix(4,:)]; % drop Z

tform = projective2d(tform2D);
tform = tform.invert();

function translation = translationVector(yaw, pitch, roll)
SensorLocation = [0 0];
Height = 2.1798;    % mounting height in meters from the ground
rotationMatrix = (...
	rotZ(yaw)*... % last rotation
	rotZ(roll)... % first rotation

% Adjust for the SensorLocation by adding a translation
sl = SensorLocation;

translationInWorldUnits = [sl(2), sl(1), Height];
translation = translationInWorldUnits*rotationMatrix;

% Rotation around X-axis
function R = rotX(a)
a = deg2rad(a);
R = [...
	1   0        0;
	0   cos(a)  -sin(a);
	0   sin(a)   cos(a)];


% Rotation around Y-axis
function R = rotY(a)
a = deg2rad(a);
R = [...
	cos(a)  0 sin(a);
	0       1 0;
	-sin(a) 0 cos(a)];


% Rotation around Z-axis
function R = rotZ(a)
a = deg2rad(a);
R = [...
	cos(a) -sin(a) 0;
	sin(a)  cos(a) 0;
	0       0      1];

% Given the Yaw, Pitch, and Roll, determine the appropriate Euler angles
% and the sequence in which they are applied to align the camera's
% coordinate system with the vehicle coordinate system. The resulting
% matrix is a Rotation matrix that together with the Translation vector
% defines the extrinsic parameters of the camera.
function rotation = rotationMatrix(yaw, pitch, roll)

rotation = (...
	rotY(180)*...            % last rotation: point Z up
	rotZ(-90)*...            % X-Y swap
	rotZ(yaw)*...            % point the camera forward
	rotX(90-pitch)*...       % "un-pitch"
	rotZ(roll)...            % 1st rotation: "un-roll"

function intrinsicMat = intrinsicMatrix(FocalLength, Skew, PrincipalPoint)
intrinsicMat = ...
	[FocalLength(1)  , 0                     , 0; ...
	 Skew             , FocalLength(2)   , 0; ...
	 PrincipalPoint(1), PrincipalPoint(2), 1];

Generate Code for Network and Post-Processing Code

The network computes parameters a, b, and c that describe the parabolic equation for the left and right lane boundaries.

From these parameters, compute the x and y coordinates corresponding to the lane positions. The coordinates must be mapped to image coordinates. The function detect_lane.m performs all these computations. Generate CUDA code for this function by creating a GPU code configuration object for a 'lib' target and set the target language to C++. Use the coder.DeepLearningConfig function to create a CuDNN deep learning configuration object and assign it to the DeepLearningConfig property of the GPU code configuration object. Run the codegen command.

cfg = coder.gpuConfig('lib');
cfg.DeepLearningConfig = coder.DeepLearningConfig('cudnn');
cfg.GenerateReport = true;
cfg.TargetLang = 'C++';
inputs = {ones(227,227,3,'single'),ones(1,6,'double'),ones(1,6,'double')};
codegen -args inputs -config cfg detect_lane
Code generation successful: View report

Generated Code Description

The series network is generated as a C++ class containing an array of 23 layer classes.

class c_lanenet {
  int32_T batchSize; int32_T numLayers; real32_T *inputData; real32_T
  *outputData; MWCNNLayer *layers[23];
  c_lanenet(void); void setup(void); void predict(void); void
  cleanup(void); ~c_lanenet(void);

The setup() method of the class sets up handles and allocates memory for each layer object. The predict() method invokes prediction for each of the 23 layers in the network.

The cnn_lanenet_conv*_w and cnn_lanenet_conv*_b files are the binary weights and bias file for convolution layer in the network. The cnn_lanenet_fc*_w and cnn_lanenet_fc*_b files are the binary weights and bias file for fully connected layer in the network.

codegendir = fullfile('codegen', 'lib', 'detect_lane');
.                                        MWMaxPoolingLayer.o                      
..                                       MWNormLayer.cpp                          
.gitignore                               MWNormLayer.hpp                                    MWNormLayer.o                            
DeepLearningNetwork.h                    MWOutputLayer.cpp                        
DeepLearningNetwork.o                    MWOutputLayer.hpp                        
MWActivationFunctionType.hpp             MWOutputLayer.o                          
MWCNNLayer.cpp                           MWRNNParameterTypes.hpp                  
MWCNNLayer.hpp                           MWReLULayer.cpp                          
MWCNNLayer.o                             MWReLULayer.hpp                          
MWCNNLayerImplBase.hpp                   MWReLULayer.o                            
MWCUSOLVERUtils.cpp                      MWTargetNetworkImplBase.hpp              
MWCUSOLVERUtils.hpp                      MWTargetTypes.hpp                        
MWCUSOLVERUtils.o                        MWTensor.hpp                             
MWCudaDimUtility.hpp                     MWTensorBase.cpp                         
MWCudaMemoryFunctions.hpp                MWTensorBase.hpp                                   MWTensorBase.o                           
MWCudnnCNNLayerImpl.hpp                  _clang-format                            
MWCudnnCNNLayerImpl.o                    buildInfo.mat                            
MWCudnnCommonHeaders.hpp                 cnn_lanenet0_0_conv1_b.bin                      cnn_lanenet0_0_conv1_w.bin               
MWCudnnCustomLayerBase.hpp               cnn_lanenet0_0_conv2_b.bin               
MWCudnnCustomLayerBase.o                 cnn_lanenet0_0_conv2_w.bin           cnn_lanenet0_0_conv3_b.bin               
MWCudnnElementwiseAffineLayerImpl.hpp    cnn_lanenet0_0_conv3_w.bin               
MWCudnnElementwiseAffineLayerImpl.o      cnn_lanenet0_0_conv4_b.bin                          cnn_lanenet0_0_conv4_w.bin               
MWCudnnFCLayerImpl.hpp                   cnn_lanenet0_0_conv5_b.bin               
MWCudnnFCLayerImpl.o                     cnn_lanenet0_0_conv5_w.bin         cnn_lanenet0_0_data_offset.bin           
MWCudnnFusedConvActivationLayerImpl.hpp  cnn_lanenet0_0_data_scale.bin            
MWCudnnFusedConvActivationLayerImpl.o    cnn_lanenet0_0_fc6_b.bin                 
MWCudnnInputLayerImpl.hpp                cnn_lanenet0_0_fc6_w.bin                       cnn_lanenet0_0_fcLane1_b.bin             
MWCudnnLayerImplFactory.hpp              cnn_lanenet0_0_fcLane1_w.bin             
MWCudnnLayerImplFactory.o                cnn_lanenet0_0_fcLane2_b.bin                cnn_lanenet0_0_fcLane2_w.bin             
MWCudnnMaxPoolingLayerImpl.hpp           cnn_lanenet0_0_responseNames.txt         
MWCudnnMaxPoolingLayerImpl.o             codeInfo.mat                                      codedescriptor.dmr                       
MWCudnnNormLayerImpl.hpp                 compileInfo.mat                          
MWCudnnNormLayerImpl.o                   detect_lane.a                                                    
MWCudnnOutputLayerImpl.hpp               detect_lane.h                            
MWCudnnOutputLayerImpl.o                 detect_lane.o                                                 
MWCudnnReLULayerImpl.hpp                 detect_lane_data.h                       
MWCudnnReLULayerImpl.o                   detect_lane_data.o                                  
MWCudnnTargetNetworkImpl.hpp             detect_lane_initialize.h                 
MWCudnnTargetNetworkImpl.o               detect_lane_initialize.o                 
MWElementwiseAffineLayer.cpp             detect_lane_internal_types.h             
MWElementwiseAffineLayer.o                 detect_lane_terminate.h                  
MWElementwiseAffineLayerImplKernel.o     detect_lane_terminate.o                  
MWFCLayer.cpp                            detect_lane_types.h                      
MWFCLayer.hpp                            examples                                 
MWFCLayer.o                              gpu_codegen_info.mat                     
MWFusedConvActivationLayer.cpp           html                                     
MWFusedConvActivationLayer.hpp           interface                                
MWFusedConvActivationLayer.o             networkParamsInfo_lanenet0_0.bin         
MWInputLayer.hpp                         predict.h                                
MWInputLayer.o                           predict.o                                
MWKernelHeaders.hpp                      rtw_proj.tmw                             
MWLayerImplFactory.hpp                   rtwtypes.h                               
MWMaxPoolingLayer.cpp                    shared_layers_export_macros.hpp          

Generate Additional Files for Post-Processing the Output

Export mean and std values from the trained network for use during execution.

codegendir = fullfile(pwd, 'codegen', 'lib','detect_lane');
fid = fopen(fullfile(codegendir,'mean.bin'), 'w');
A = [coeffMeans coeffStds];
fwrite(fid, A, 'double');

Main File

Compile the network code by using a main file. The main file uses the OpenCV VideoCapture method to read frames from the input video. Each frame is processed and classified until no more frames are read. Before displaying the output for each frame, the outputs are post-processed by using the detect_lane function generated in

/* Copyright 2016 The MathWorks, Inc. */

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <cuda.h>
#include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>
#include <opencv2/imgproc.hpp>
#include <opencv2/core/core.hpp>
#include <opencv2/core/types.hpp>
#include <opencv2/highgui.hpp>
#include <list>
#include <cmath>
#include "detect_lane.h"

using namespace cv;
void readData(float *input, Mat& orig, Mat & im)
	Size size(227,227);
	for(int j=0;j<227*227;j++)
		//BGR to RGB

void addLane(float pts[28][2], Mat & im, int numPts)
    std::vector<Point2f> iArray;
    for(int k=0; k<numPts; k++) 
    Mat curve(iArray, true);
    curve.convertTo(curve, CV_32S); //adapt type for polylines
    polylines(im, curve, false, CV_RGB(255,255,0), 2, LINE_AA);

void writeData(float *outputBuffer, Mat & im, int N, double means[6], double stds[6])
    // get lane coordinates
    boolean_T laneFound = 0;	
    float ltPts[56];
    float rtPts[56];	
    detect_lane(outputBuffer, means, stds, &laneFound, ltPts, rtPts);    
	if (!laneFound)
	float ltPtsM[28][2];
	float rtPtsM[28][2];
	for(int k=0; k<28; k++)
		ltPtsM[k][0] = ltPts[k];
		ltPtsM[k][1] = ltPts[k+28];
		rtPtsM[k][0] = rtPts[k];
		rtPtsM[k][1] = rtPts[k+28];   

	addLane(ltPtsM, im, 28);
	addLane(rtPtsM, im, 28);

void readMeanAndStds(const char* filename, double means[6], double stds[6])
    FILE* pFile = fopen(filename, "rb");
    if (pFile==NULL)
        fputs ("File error",stderr);

    // obtain file size
    fseek (pFile , 0 , SEEK_END);
    long lSize = ftell(pFile);
    double* buffer = (double*)malloc(lSize);
    size_t result = fread(buffer,sizeof(double),lSize,pFile);
    if (result*sizeof(double) != lSize) {    
        fputs ("Reading error",stderr);
    for (int k = 0 ; k < 6; k++)
        means[k] = buffer[k];
        stds[k] = buffer[k+6];

// Main function
int main(int argc, char* argv[])
    float *inputBuffer = (float*)calloc(sizeof(float),227*227*3);
    float *outputBuffer = (float*)calloc(sizeof(float),6);

    if ((inputBuffer == NULL) || (outputBuffer == NULL)) {
        printf("ERROR: Input/Output buffers could not be allocated!\n");
    // get ground truth mean and std
    double means[6];
    double stds[6];	
    readMeanAndStds("mean.bin", means, stds);	
	if (argc < 2)
        printf("Pass in input video file name as argument\n");
        return -1;
    VideoCapture cap(argv[1]);
    if (!cap.isOpened()) {
        printf("Could not open the video capture device.\n");
        return -1;

    cudaEvent_t start, stop;
    float fps = 0;
    Mat orig, im;    
    namedWindow("Lane detection demo",WINDOW_NORMAL);
        cap >> orig;
        if (orig.empty()) break;                
        readData(inputBuffer, orig, im);		

        writeData(inputBuffer, orig, 6, means, stds);
        char strbuf[50];
        float milliseconds = -1.0; 
        cudaEventElapsedTime(&milliseconds, start, stop);
        fps = fps*.9+1000.0/milliseconds*.1;
        sprintf (strbuf, "%.2f FPS", fps);
        putText(orig, strbuf, Point(200,30), FONT_HERSHEY_DUPLEX, 1, CV_RGB(0,0,0), 2);
        imshow("Lane detection demo", orig); 		
        if( waitKey(50)%256 == 27 ) break; // stop capturing by pressing ESC	*/       
    destroyWindow("Lane detection demo");
    return 0;

Download Example Video

if ~exist('./caltech_cordova1.avi', 'file')
    url = '';
    websave('caltech_cordova1.avi', url);

Build Executable

if ispc
    setenv('MATLAB_ROOT', matlabroot);
    vcvarsall = mex.getCompilerConfigurations('C++').Details.CommandLineShell;
    setenv('VCVARSALL', vcvarsall);
    system('lanenet.exe ..\..\..\caltech_cordova1.avi');
    setenv('MATLAB_ROOT', matlabroot);
    system('make -f');
    system('./lanenet ../../../caltech_cordova1.avi');

Input Screenshot

Output Screenshot

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