Vehicular trailer backup assist system

  • US 10,493,917 B2
  • Filed: 12/20/2018
  • Issued: 12/03/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular trailer backup assist system, said vehicular trailer backup assist system comprising:

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

    wherein, with a trailer hitched at a trailer hitch of the vehicle, the field of view of said camera at least partially encompasses the trailer;

    a control comprising an image processor that processes image data captured by said camera;

    wherein image data captured by said camera is processed at said control;

    a display screen disposed in the vehicle and viewable by a driver of the vehicle when operating the vehicle, wherein, during a reversing maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, said display screen displays video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said camera;

    wherein, during the reversing maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, said vehicular trailer backup assist system electronically overlays a plurality of zones over the video images displayed at said display screen, and wherein each individual zone of the overlayed plurality of zones is indicative of a respective individual region rearward of the vehicle and trailer;

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

    wherein, responsive to the selected zone of travel for the trailer, said control controls, during the reversing maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, steering of the vehicle to steer the vehicle such that, during the reversing maneuver, the trailer travels towards the respective individual region displayed in the displayed video images that is encompassed by the overlay of the selected zone of travel;

    wherein said control controls steering of the vehicle to move the trailer relative to the overlayed plurality of zones in a manner that guides the trailer towards the respective individual region that is encompassed by the overlay of the selected zone of travel during reversing of the vehicle and trailer; and

    wherein, during the reversing maneuver of the vehicle and trailer, the driver of the vehicle manually adjusts steering of the vehicle to more accurately steer the vehicle towards a target location within the respective individual region that is encompassed by the overlay of the selected zone of travel.

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