I want to analyze a traffic scene. My source data is a point cloud like this one (see images at the bottom of that post). I want to be able to detect objects that are on the road (cars, cyclists etc.). So first of all I need know where the road surface is so that I can remove or ignore these points or simply just run a detection above the surface level.
What are the ways to detect such road surface? The easiest scenario is a straight and flat road - I guess I could try to registrate a simple plane to the approximate position of the surface (I quite surely know it begins just in front of the car) and because the road surface is not a perfect plane I have to allow some tolerance around the plane.
More difficult scenario would be a curvy and wavy (undulated?) road surface that would form some kind of a 3D curve... I will appreciate any inputs.