Rear seat occupant monitoring system for vehicle

  • US 10,272,839 B2
  • Filed: 06/30/2017
  • Issued: 04/30/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/23/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rear seat occupant monitoring system for a vehicle, said rear seat occupant monitoring system comprising:

  • a video display screen disposed in a cabin of a vehicle equipped with said rear seat occupant monitoring system so as to be viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when the driver is operating the equipped vehicle;

    a camera disposed at one of (i) a dome light at a ceiling of the cabin of the equipped vehicle and (ii) an overhead console at a ceiling of the cabin of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said camera comprises a CMOS imaging array and a lens, said camera having a field of view that encompasses a rear seat area of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said one of (i) a dome light at a ceiling of the cabin of the equipped vehicle and (ii) an overhead console at a ceiling of the cabin of the equipped vehicle comprises first and second illumination sources that, when operated, illuminate the rear seat area within the field of view of said camera;

    wherein said first illumination source comprises at least one visible-light illumination light emitting diode that principally emits visible light when electrically powered;

    wherein said second illumination source comprises at least one near-infrared illumination light emitting diode that principally emits non-visible light when electrically powered;

    wherein said camera captures image data representative of the rear seat area when the rear seat area is illuminated by at least one of said first and second illumination sources; and

    wherein image data captured by said camera is provided to said video display screen for displaying video images for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle.

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