Adaptive forward lighting system for vehicle comprising a control that adjusts the headlamp beam in response to processing of image data captured by a camera

  • US 10,787,116 B2
  • Filed: 09/10/2018
  • Issued: 09/29/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/11/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An adaptive forward lighting system for a vehicle, said adaptive forward lighting system comprising:

  • a camera disposed at a portion of a vehicle equipped with said adaptive forward lighting system;

    said camera having a field of view in a forward direction of travel of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said camera comprises a lens and an imaging array comprising a two-dimensional array of photosensing elements;

    wherein said two-dimensional array of photosensing elements comprises at least 307,200 photosensing elements arranged in a matrix array of rows and columns;

    a control comprising an image processor;

    wherein said image processor processes image data captured by said camera to determine presence of an object in the field of view of said camera;

    wherein said control receives vehicle data via a communication bus of the equipped vehicle, said vehicle data comprising vehicle trajectory data;

    wherein said image processor processes image data captured by said camera to determine presence of lane markers in the field of view of said camera;

    wherein said control adjusts a light beam emitted by a headlamp of the equipped vehicle at least in part responsive to determination of the presence of the object in the field of view of said camera; and

    wherein adjustment of the light beam of the vehicle headlamp depends, at least in part, on trajectory of the equipped vehicle.

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