Vehicular control system

  • US 10,462,426 B2
  • Filed: 05/16/2019
  • Issued: 10/29/2019
  • 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 having a field of view forward of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular control system and in a direction of forward travel of the equipped vehicle, wherein said forward viewing camera is operable to capture image data;

    wherein said forward viewing camera is disposed at an in-cabin side of a windshield of the equipped vehicle, said forward viewing camera viewing forward of the equipped vehicle through the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

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

    wherein road curvature of a road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is determined responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of 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, a traffic lane of the road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is determined;

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

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, said vehicular control system determines that the detected other vehicle is travelling in a traffic lane to the left of the determined traffic lane along which the equipped vehicle is traveling;

    wherein, during nighttime driving, a light beam emanating from a headlamp disposed at a left side front portion of the equipped vehicle is adjusted in a manner that limits directing beam light towards the detected other vehicle;

    wherein adjustment of the light beam emanating from the headlamp disposed at the left side front portion of the equipped vehicle to limit directing beam light towards the detected other vehicle is independent of adjustment of a light beam emanating from a headlamp disposed at a right side front portion of the equipped vehicle; and

    a display that displays information to a driver of the equipped vehicle responsive to processing of image data captured by said forward viewing camera.

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