Milkweed Plant Detection Using Mobile Cameras

This paper describes autonomous detection of milkweed plants using cameras mounted to vehicles. The detections were used to calculate approximate densities of milkweed plants in geo-referenced locations based on global positioning system point correspondences of recorded images. Probability-of-count distributions are compared for the actual milkweed plant locations near roadsides. This is one of the first examples of using automated milkweed plant detection and density mapping using a vehicle-mounted camera.

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