class torchvision.datasets.StanfordCars(root: Union[str, Path], split: str = 'train', transform: Optional[Callable] = None, target_transform: Optional[Callable] = None, download: bool = False)[source]

Stanford Cars Dataset

The Cars dataset contains 16,185 images of 196 classes of cars. The data is split into 8,144 training images and 8,041 testing images, where each class has been split roughly in a 50-50 split

The original URL is, but it is broken.


This class needs scipy to load target files from .mat format.

  • root (str or pathlib.Path) – Root directory of dataset

  • split (string, optional) – The dataset split, supports "train" (default) or "test".

  • transform (callable, optional) – A function/transform that takes in a PIL image and returns a transformed version. E.g, transforms.RandomCrop

  • target_transform (callable, optional) – A function/transform that takes in the target and transforms it.

  • download (bool, optional) – This parameter exists for backward compatibility but it does not download the dataset, since the original URL is not available anymore. The dataset seems to be available on Kaggle so you can try to manually download it using these instructions.


__getitem__(idx: int) Tuple[Any, Any][source]

Returns pil_image and class_id for given index


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