Vehicle vision system with accelerated object confirmation

  • US 10,609,335 B2
  • Filed: 03/22/2013
  • Issued: 03/31/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/23/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:

  • a camera fixedly disposed at a vehicle equipped with said vision system and having a field of view exterior and forward of the equipped vehicle, wherein the field of view of said camera is fixed relative to the equipped vehicle and forward of the equipped vehicle;

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

    at least one radar sensor fixedly disposed at the equipped vehicle and operable to detect an object present forward of the equipped vehicle and outside of the field of view of said camera;

    wherein, responsive to said at least one radar sensor detecting an object that is present exterior of the equipped vehicle and that is outside of the field of view of said camera, and responsive to a determination that the detected object is moving on a track toward an area encompassed by the field of view of said camera, information pertaining to the detected object is communicated to said image processor; and

    wherein, responsive to the communicated information and upon the detected object entering the field of view of said camera, said image processor, via processing of image data captured by said camera, confirms detection of the object that was previously detected by said at least one radar sensor when the object was outside of the field of view of said camera anddetermines that the detected object is an object of interest at a more rapid rate than a rate at which the image processor would determine that the detected object is an object of interest without the communicated information.

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