Vehicle vision system with incident recording function

  • US 10,819,943 B2
  • Filed: 05/05/2016
  • Issued: 10/27/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/07/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:

  • a camera module configured for attachment at an interior surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vision system, said camera module comprising a camera, a control and a recording device;

    wherein, when said camera module is disposed at the windshield of the equipped vehicle, said camera views through the windshield and forward of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said camera captures image data;

    wherein said vision system comprises a continuous loop recording of image data captured by said camera while the vehicle is operated, and wherein said vision system continuously records captured image data and erases previously captured image data such that image data captured by said camera for a time period is temporarily saved by said continuous loop recording;

    wherein said control comprises an image processor that processes image data captured by said camera for at least one driver assistance system of the vehicle;

    wherein, responsive to actuation of a user input, said control exits said continuous loop recording and said recording device saves image data captured by said camera in non-volatile memory of said recording device;

    wherein, responsive to actuation of the user input, said recording device saves in the non-volatile memory captured image data saved by said continuous loop recording prior to actuation of the user input and saves in the non-volatile memory image data captured by said camera after actuation of the user input; and

    wherein said recording device stops saving in the non-volatile memory image data captured by said camera responsive to the earlier of (a) a period of time elapsing following actuation of the user input and (b) actuation of a further user input.

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