Imaging system for vehicle

  • US 10,766,417 B2
  • Filed: 10/23/2017
  • Issued: 09/08/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/11/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An imaging system for a vehicle, said imaging system comprising:

  • a rear backup camera, wherein said rear backup camera comprises a two-dimensional array of light sensing photosensor elements, and wherein said rear backup camera has a rearward field of view when mounted at a vehicle equipped with said imaging system;

    a display device comprising a video display screen for displaying video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera;

    wherein said imaging system generates a backup overlay that is electronically superimposed on the displayed video images to assist a driver of the equipped vehicle when executing a backup maneuver;

    wherein said backup overlay comprises a pair of side overlays, and wherein said side overlays of said backup overlay are superimposed on the displayed video images so as to extend rearward from respective sides of the rear of the equipped vehicle displayed in the displayed video images;

    wherein said imaging system generates an alignment overlay that is electronically superimposed on the displayed video images to assist the driver of the equipped vehicle when backing the equipped vehicle towards a trailer hitch of a trailer, and wherein said alignment overlay is superimposed on the displayed video images between said side overlays, and wherein said alignment overlay extends longitudinally along and centrally between said side overlays and is separate and spaced from said side overlays;

    wherein said alignment overlay is adjusted responsive to a steering angle of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said video display screen displays the video images derived from image data captured by said rear backup camera responsive to the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear;

    wherein said backup overlay is generated and electronically superimposed on the displayed video images responsive to the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear; and

    wherein said alignment overlay is generated and electronically superimposed on the displayed video images responsive to actuation of an input by the driver of the vehicle to aid back up of the vehicle to the trailer, and wherein the input comprises an actuatable input other than the equipped vehicle being shifted into reverse gear.

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