Rear backup system for a vehicle

  • US 10,556,542 B2
  • Filed: 06/03/2019
  • Issued: 02/11/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/14/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rear backup system for a vehicle, said rear backup system comprising:

  • a rear backup video camera disposed at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said rear backup system;

    said rear backup video camera having a rearward field of view external of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said rear backup video camera is operable to capture image data rearward of the equipped vehicle during a rear backup maneuver of the equipped vehicle;

    a display device comprising a video screen operable to display video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera for viewing by a driver of the equipped vehicle who is operating the equipped vehicle;

    wherein video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera are displayed by said video screen of said display device when a transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted into reverse gear by the driver;

    wherein an overlay is displayed with video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera during maneuvering of the equipped vehicle to connect a trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to a trailer tongue of a trailer;

    wherein said overlay displayed with video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera guides the driver when hitching the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer;

    wherein, when the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle is within the field of view of said rear backup video camera, said overlay guides the driver to connect the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer; and

    wherein display by said video screen of said video device of video images derived at least in part from image data captured by said rear backup video camera continues during short term forward movement of the equipped vehicle when maneuvering the equipped vehicle to connect the trailer hitch of the equipped vehicle to the trailer tongue of the trailer.

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