Realizing autonomy is a hot research topic for automatic vehicles in recent years. For a long time, most of the efforts to this goal concentrate on understanding the scenes surrounding the ego-vehicle (autonomous vehicle itself). By completing low-level vision tasks, such as detection, tracking and segmentation of the surrounding traffic participants, e.g., pedestrian, cyclists and vehicles, the scenes can be interpreted. However, for an autonomous vehicle, low-level vision tasks are largely insufficient to give help to comprehensive scene understanding. What are and how about the past, the ongoing and the future of the scene participants? This deep question actually steers the vehicles towards truly full automation, just like human beings. Based on this thoughtfulness, this paper attempts to investigate the interpretation of traffic scene in autonomous driving from an event reasoning view. To reach this goal, we study the most relevant literatures and the state-of-the-arts on scene representation, event detection and intention prediction in autonomous driving. In addition, we also discuss the open challenges and problems in this field and endeavor to provide possible solutions.
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