Method and apparatus for recovering a vehicle value from an image

  • US 10,192,130 B2
  • Filed: 03/06/2017
  • Issued: 01/29/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:

  • an image sensor configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal, the optical image including an image of a vehicle license plate;

    a license plate detector, which when executed by a processor, is configured to;

    identify, using the electrical signal, one or more object images from the image, each of said one or more images comprising a candidate vehicle license plate image,crop the image to said identified one or more of the object images,score each of the cropped one or more of the object images based on a probability that the cropped object image comprises the vehicle license plate image, wherein each of the cropped one or more object images is scored by;

    detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the object image, andapplying a score based on a position of one of the plurality of characters relative a position of another one of the plurality of characters, andbased on the scored object images, recover, at the mobile apparatus, information from the vehicle license plate image; and

    an interface configured to transmit the vehicle license plate information to a remote apparatus and receive an estimated value for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission.

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