Due to the lack of progress with the proposed method, I decided to simplify and restrict the problem to removal of pedestrians only. From a privacy standpoint, this would be a step beyond the face blurring that google already does. I have been testing with pedestrian detection code by Bastian Leibe. Some results on google streetview data can be seen here. These results are inconsistent, but I think I can achieve better results by tuning the detector parameters to google streetview data.
I also tried pedestrian detection software by Liming Wang, but this proved to be too slow for my purposes (took about an hour on one image).
6 years ago