Trailering assist system with trailer angle detection

  • US 10,858,042 B2
  • Filed: 04/23/2018
  • Issued: 12/08/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/26/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for determining a trailer angle for a trailering assist system of a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • providing at least a rearward viewing camera at a rearward portion of a vehicle equipped with the trailering assist system, wherein the rearward viewing camera, when provided at the rearward portion of the equipped vehicle, is operable to capture image data;

    providing a control comprising a processor operable to process image data captured by the rearward viewing camera when the rearward viewing camera is provided at the rearward portion of the equipped vehicle;

    providing a display screen in the vehicle for displaying video images for viewing by a driver of the equipped vehicle;

    attaching a trailer at the equipped vehicle;

    capturing image data using the rearward viewing camera when the rearward viewing camera is provided at the rearward portion of the equipped vehicle;

    with the trailer attached at the equipped vehicle and rearward of the equipped vehicle, processing, via the processor of the control, image data captured by the rearward viewing camera;

    responsive to processing by the processor of captured image data, determining a location of a portion of the trailer relative to the equipped vehicle;

    responsive to processing by the processor of captured image data and responsive to the determined location of the portion of the trailer relative to the equipped vehicle, determining a trailer angle of the trailer relative to a longitudinal axis of the equipped vehicle;

    responsive to processing by the processor of image data captured by the camera and responsive to the determined trailer angle of the trailer during a reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle and trailer, determining a rearward trajectory of the trailer;

    generating video images and displaying video images at the display screen that are derived from image data captured by the rearward viewing camera during the reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle and trailer; and

    generating a graphic overlay overlaying the displayed video images to indicate to the driver viewing the display screen the determined rearward trajectory of the trailer during the reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle and trailer to assist the driver in reversing the equipped vehicle and trailer.

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