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RangePerception: Taming LiDAR Range View for Efficient and Accurate 3D Object Detection

Yeqi BAI · Ben Fei · Youquan Liu · Tao MA · Yuenan Hou · Botian Shi · Yikang LI


LiDAR-based 3D detection methods currently use bird's-eye view (BEV) or range view (RV) as their primary basis. The former relies on voxelization and 3D convolutions, resulting in inefficient training and inference processes. Conversely, RV-based methods demonstrate higher efficiency due to their compactness and compatibility with 2D convolutions, but their performance still trails behind that of BEV-based methods. To eliminate this performance gap while preserving the efficiency of RV-based methods, this study presents an efficient and accurate RV-based 3D object detection framework termed RangePerception. Through meticulous analysis, this study identifies two critical challenges impeding the performance of existing RV-based methods: 1) there exists a natural domain gap between the 3D world coordinate used in output and 2D range image coordinate used in input, generating difficulty in information extraction from range images; 2) native range images suffer from vision corruption issue, affecting the detection accuracy of the objects located on the margins of the range images. To address the key challenges above, we propose two novel algorithms named Range Aware Kernel (RAK) and Vision Restoration Module (VRM), which facilitate information flow from range image representation and world-coordinate 3D detection results. With the help of RAK and VRM, our RangePerception achieves 3.25/4.18 higher averaged L1/L2 AP compared to previous state-of-the-art RV-based method RangeDet, on Waymo Open Dataset. For the first time as an RV-based 3D detection method, RangePerception achieves slightly superior averaged AP compared with the well-known BEV-based method CenterPoint and the inference speed of RangePerception is 1.3 times as fast as CenterPoint.

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