Vehicular camera system

  • US 10,787,125 B2
  • Filed: 03/13/2017
  • Issued: 09/29/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/02/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A camera system for a vehicle, said camera system comprising:

  • a camera module comprising an imager assembly, a main circuit board and a camera housing;

    wherein said imager assembly comprises (i) an imager disposed on an imager circuit board and (ii) a lens assembly comprising a lens barrel accommodating a lens;

    a bracket configured to attach at a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said camera system;

    wherein said bracket is configured to receive said camera module so that, with said camera module received by said bracket and with said bracket attached at the windshield, said camera module is mounted at the windshield with said lens viewing through the windshield in a forward direction of travel of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said main circuit board is operatively connected to said imager circuit board, said main circuit board including at least one processor for processing image data captured by said imager;

    wherein said camera housing houses and encloses said main circuit board, said imager circuit board and a portion of said lens assembly;

    wherein said camera housing has an aperture;

    wherein said lens barrel extends from the portion of said lens assembly enclosed by said camera housing through said aperture to protrude outside said camera housing;

    wherein said camera housing comprises a forward portion in front of where said imager assembly is disposed in said camera housing;

    wherein said main circuit board is disposed at least within said forward portion;

    wherein, with said camera module received by said bracket and with said bracket attached at the windshield, said forward portion of said camera housing is below said lens barrel; and

    a separate stray light shield formed separate from said camera housing, wherein said stray light shield is attached at said forward portion of said camera housing to reduce incidence of stray light at said lens.

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