Method and apparatus for receiving vehicle information from an image and posting the vehicle information to a website

  • US 10,210,396 B2
  • Filed: 08/21/2017
  • Issued: 02/19/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mobile apparatus, comprising:

  • an image sensor configured to capture an optical image of a vehicle license plate;

    a license plate detector configured to;

    identify and crop, by a processor, one or more object images from the optical image, each of said one or more object images comprising a candidate vehicle license plate image,score, by the processor, each of the cropped one or more object images by;

    detecting a plurality of alphanumeric characters in the respective cropped object image,providing a rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of alphanumeric characters,computing a score based on the rectangular fitting around the detected plurality of characters and a position of at least one of the plurality of characters relative to a position of another one of the plurality of characters, andbased on the computed score, recover information from the candidate vehicle license plate image; and

    an interface configured to transmit the recovered information to a remote computing apparatus;

    that is configured to receive vehicle configuration information for a vehicle corresponding to the vehicle license plate in response to the transmission of the recovered information, and receive user input to post the vehicle configuration information to an external website.

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