Vehicle vision system with customized display

  • US 10,542,244 B2
  • Filed: 11/12/2018
  • Issued: 01/21/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/09/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for displaying images representative of an environment at least partially surrounding a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • disposing a plurality of cameras at a vehicle;

    wherein disposing the plurality of cameras comprises disposing a front camera at the vehicle, and wherein the front camera, when disposed at the vehicle, has a field of view at least forward of the vehicle;

    wherein disposing the plurality of cameras comprises disposing a rear camera at the vehicle, and wherein the rear camera, when disposed at the vehicle, has a field of view at least rearward of the vehicle;

    wherein disposing the plurality of cameras comprises disposing a driver side camera at the vehicle, and wherein the driver side camera, when disposed at the vehicle, has a field of view at least sideward of the vehicle;

    wherein disposing the plurality of cameras comprises disposing a passenger side camera at the vehicle, and wherein the passenger side camera, when disposed at the vehicle, has a field of view at least sideward of the vehicle;

    providing a processor for processing image data captured by the plurality of cameras;

    providing a display screen in the vehicle so as to be viewable by a driver of the vehicle;

    capturing image data via the plurality of cameras;

    processing, via the processor, image data captured by at least some of the front camera, the rear camera, the driver side camera and the passenger side camera to generate images derived from image data captured by the at least some of the front camera, the rear camera, the driver side camera and the passenger side camera;

    generating, via the processor, a vehicle representation that is representative of the vehicle;

    displaying, via the display screen, the generated images and the vehicle representation as would be viewed from a virtual camera viewpoint exterior to and higher than the vehicle itself; and

    rendering a portion of the vehicle representation as displayed to be at least partially transparent to enable viewing at the display screen of an object present exterior of the vehicle that would otherwise be partially hidden by non-transparent display of that portion of the vehicle representation.

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