Vehicular control system

  • US 10,015,452 B1
  • Filed: 04/16/2018
  • Issued: 07/03/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular control system, said vehicular control system comprising:

  • a forward viewing camera disposed at a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular control system;

    wherein said forward viewing camera views forward through the windshield of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture image data;

    said forward viewing camera comprising an imaging array sensor and a lens;

    a control comprising an image processor operable to process image data captured by said forward viewing camera;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, at least one road characteristic of a road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is detected;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, other vehicles exterior the equipped vehicle are detected;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, road curvature of the road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is determined;

    wherein data derived at least in part from image data captured by said forward viewing camera is wirelessly communicated from the equipped vehicle to a remote data receiver located remote from the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the data wirelessly communicated from the equipped vehicle to the remote data receiver is at least in part relevant to a current geographic location of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the data wirelessly communicated from the equipped vehicle to the remote data receiver comprises map data; and

    wherein, based at least in part on image data processed by said image processor, speed of the equipped vehicle is controlled.

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