Vehicle vision system with windshield mounted camera

  • US 10,065,575 B2
  • Filed: 01/24/2018
  • Issued: 09/04/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/20/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:

  • a camera module disposed at a windshield of a vehicle;

    wherein said camera module comprises a camera and a circuit board;

    wherein, with said camera module disposed at the windshield, said camera has a field of view forward of the vehicle and through the windshield of the vehicle;

    wherein said camera comprises (i) an imager and (ii) a lens;

    an image processor operable to process image data captured by said camera;

    wherein said camera is electrically connected to circuitry established at said circuit board;

    wherein said camera is electrically connected to said circuitry established at said circuit board via a flexible electrical connection;

    wherein, via said flexible electrical connection, said circuitry established at said circuit board (i) provides power to said camera, (ii) controls said camera and (iii) receives image data from said camera;

    wherein, with said camera module disposed at the windshield, at least a portion of said circuit board is disposed at the windshield further from the windshield than said lens of said camera;

    wherein, with said camera module disposed at the windshield, at least a portion of said circuit board is disposed at the windshield higher up than said lens of said camera;

    wherein said image processor comprises part of a driver assistance system of the vehicle; and

    wherein said driver assistance system comprises at least one system selected from the group consisting of (i) a vehicle headlamp control system of the vehicle, (ii) a lane change assistance system of the vehicle, (iii) a lane departure warning system of the vehicle, (iv) an object detection system of the vehicle, (v) a traffic sign recognition system of the vehicle and (vi) a distance determining system operable to determine distance to a leading vehicle.

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