Imaging and display system for vehicle

  • US 10,053,012 B2
  • Filed: 10/16/2017
  • Issued: 08/21/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/01/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular vision system comprising:

  • a rearview video camera at a rear portion of a vehicle;

    a video processor operable to process video image data captured by said rearview video camera, wherein said video image data comprises at least a left zone image data set, a middle zone image data set and a right zone image data set;

    wherein said left zone image data set comprises image data captured by said rearview video camera of a left zone that encompasses where another vehicle may at least one of (i) approach from the rear of the equipped vehicle in a left side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (ii) overtake the equipped vehicle in a left side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said right zone image data set comprises image data captured by said rearview video camera of a right zone that encompasses where another vehicle may at least one of (i) approach from the rear of the equipped vehicle in a right side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (ii) overtake the equipped vehicle in a right side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said middle zone image data set comprises image data captured by said rearview video camera of a middle zone between the left and right zones that encompasses a road lane being traveled on by the equipped vehicle, and wherein the middle lane is disposed between the left side lane and the right side lane;

    a single video display screen for displaying video images;

    wherein said single video display screen comprises a left display region at a left portion of said single video display screen and a right display region at a right portion of said single video display screen;

    wherein said single video display screen comprises a middle display region between said left display region and said right display region;

    wherein said left display region, said middle display region and said right display region comprise separate portions of said single video display screen;

    wherein said single video display screen is operable to use said left display region to display video images derived from said left zone image data set, is operable to use said middle display region to display video images derived from said middle zone image data set, and is operable to use said right display region to display video images derived from said right zone image data set;

    wherein said single video display screen is operable to display video images at said left display region of said single video display screen that are derived from said left zone image data set captured by said rearview video camera in order to display video images representative of the scene occurring at the left side lane at the left side of the equipped vehicle responsive to at least one of (a) actuation of a left turn signal indicator of the equipped vehicle, (b) detection of another vehicle in or approaching the left side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, when said single video display screen is displaying video images at said left display region that are derived from said left zone image data, said single video display screen does not display video images representative of said right zone image data at said right display region;

    wherein said single video display screen is operable to display video images at said right display region of said single video display screen that are derived from said right zone image data set captured by said rearview video camera in order to display video images representative of the scene occurring at the right side lane at the right side of the equipped vehicle responsive to at least one of (a) actuation of a right turn signal indicator of the equipped vehicle, (b) detection of another vehicle in or approaching the right side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, when said single video display screen is displaying video images at said right display region that are representative of said right zone image data, said single video display screen does not display video images representative of said left zone image data at said left display region.

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