Road sign detection with your smartphone
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- NEW: Detection of additional panels! myDriveAssist can now detect many additional panels below the road signs and display them
- NEW: Support of portrait mode and both landscape modes! myDriveAssist is more flexible now
- NEW: Progress indication for your achievements! You can look up at any time how far you are away from your next achievement
- NEW: 4 new badges! Prepare yourself for new challenges
- Bug fix of the road sign detection counter
- NOW NEW: Earn up to 17 different awards! Keep an overview of your achievements in the new achievement view. Receive immediate notification of earning a new award while driving!
- Bug fixes
- Status bar visible again during use
- Now also available in Spanish
- Larger font in the settings
- Support of all iPads from iPad 2 up
- Detection of no-passing-zones and their cancellations
- Completely new iOS7 design
- Renewed settings menu
- Support of mph settings and display
- Reduce battery consumption
- myDriveAssist is now available in the App stores of new countries: Austria, Switzerland, France and United Kingdom
- Country-specific speed limit detection: Choose among several newly supported countries for getting the best detection experience in every country.
- Support for iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s
- Design adaptions for iOS 7
- iPhone 5 support
- Automatic camera focus upon startup
- Visual indicator for bad GPS
- Design improvements
- Correction of errors
- Price: Free
- Languages: Limited
- Category: Connected Product
Requires iOS 7.0 or later . Compatible with iPhone , iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 . Android requires 4.0 and up.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Camera (with autofocus)
- GPS receiver
- Mobile data connection (insufficient to have only WLAN)
- Touch screen display
- Acceleration sensor
- Rotation-rate sensor (gyroscope)
- Digital compass (magnetometer)
myDriveAssist can easily recognise speed limits, no-overtaking zones and corresponding cancellation signs as well as supplementary signs (e.g. 70 in the wet) via the camera on your smartphone and displays it on the screen. Town or city limit signs cannot be recognised via the camera on your smartphone. However, within Germany this speed information is retrieved from the Cloud as long as it is stored there and you have GPS reception.
The images captured by the smartphone camera are evaluated during the journey. An image recognition algorithm that is already integrated in production vehicles recognises the traffic signs located on the road and displays them.
- Limited recognition due to bright lights from oncoming vehicles
- Limited recognition during twilight and darkness
- Limited recognition in portrait mode
- Limited recognition if camera is out of focus
- Limited recognition on vehicles with a heated windscreen as this interferes with the GPS signal (even when not active)
The camera on your smartphone cannot capture town or city limit signs directly. However, within Germany this information is retrieved from the myDriveAssist Cloud, as long as it is stored there and you have GPS reception at the moment you drive past a place name sign.
We are aware that the recognition of cancellation signs is generally less effective. The main reason is the lower colour contrast compared to other traffic signs. However, we are currently working to improve recognition.
The recognition algorithm must be adapted specially to each type of traffic sign, which is a very complex task. This is why myDriveAssist does not recognise all types of traffic sign. However, we are currently working to improve recognition.
Yes, we are aware of these two cases and are currently working on a solution.
It is possible that these signs will be retrieved from the Cloud. Recognised traffic signs are stored in the Cloud so that all drivers are kept up to date with the latest information at all times. If a traffic sign is removed from a location, e.g. due to a construction site, it may still be displayed when you pass the relevant location. However, if several drivers using myDriveAssist pass the location without the system recognising the sign, the information is deleted from the Cloud and the sign is no longer displayed. The myDriveAssist recognition feature may also make errors because it may recognise a structure similar to a traffic sign in the surrounding area.
You can use the Tap-To-Grey function to grey out the relevant traffic sign. In the app menu, you can also specify a time period after which any recognised signs are greyed out automatically.
- Direction of travel
- Rotation rate
- You should position the car cradle in the lower central area of the windscreen.
- Use your smartphone horizontally in landscape format if possible.
- Turn the car cradle so that the camera opening is ideally located on the left.
- Finally, angle your smartphone forwards slightly.
- When using the app in portrait format, recognition is less effective because the size of the evaluation field is reduced.
- You can also find more detailed instructions with pictures under the item "Information > Camera alignment and tips" in the app.
You may have deactivated the sound within the app. If so, you can activate the sound for traffic sign recognition under "Settings > Sound" or the sound for exceeding the speed limit under "Settings > Acoustic warning" in the app.
Yes, you can. However, the navigation system must run in the background and myDriveAssist in the foreground.
Our legal department has come to the conclusion that it would be inadvisable to integrate a speed camera warning feature due to a lack of legal clarity
No, we are not planning to integrate a dashcam function due to data protection concerns substantiated in a decree by the administrative court of Ansbach, dated 12/8/2014 which stipulates that: Drivers who record videos on dashcams with the sole intention of publishing them on the internet or passing them to the police are in breach of the data protection law. The data privacy interests of secretly filmed individuals are given higher priority than the interest of using a video of a driver involved in an accident as evidence.
When NASA makes adjustments to the GPS system (e.g. due to maintenance or preparations for military operations), the GPS sensor may not receive a signal for a longer period. In such cases, deactivating and then reactivating the GPS in the system settings may rectify the problem.