Trailer backup assist system

  • US 10,160,382 B2
  • Filed: 02/04/2015
  • Issued: 12/25/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A trailer backup assist system of a vehicle, said trailer backup assist system comprising:

  • a camera disposed at a vehicle and having a field of view exterior and rearward of the vehicle;

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

    wherein, with a trailer connected at the rear of the vehicle, said image processor, responsive at least in part to image processing of image data captured by said camera, determines a trailer angle of the trailer relative to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle;

    a display screen disposed in the vehicle viewable by a driver of the vehicle when operating the vehicle, wherein said display screen is operable to display images derived from image data captured by said camera;

    wherein said trailer backup assist system is operable to electronically overlay a plurality of zones at the images displayed by said display screen, wherein each individual zone of said plurality of zones is indicative of a respective individual region rearward of the vehicle and trailer;

    a user input operable by a driver to select an individual zone of the plurality of zones as a zone of travel for the trailer during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle;

    andwherein, responsive to the selected zone of travel for the trailer, said trailer backup assist system controls, during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, steering of the vehicle to steer the vehicle and trailer such that, during the reversing maneuver, the trailer travels towards the respective individual region displayed in the displayed images and encompassed by the overlay of the selected zone of travel.

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