Vehicular vision system

  • US 10,875,455 B2
  • Filed: 05/16/2019
  • Issued: 12/29/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/01/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A vehicular vision system comprising:

  • a rearward-viewing video camera disposed at a vehicle equipped with said vehicular vision system, wherein said rearward-viewing video camera has a field of view of at least 130 degrees;

    a video processor operable to process image data captured by said rearward-viewing video camera, wherein said image data comprises a left zone image data set, a right zone image data set and a middle zone image data set;

    wherein said left zone image data set comprises images of a left zone that encompasses where another vehicle may overtake the equipped vehicle in a left side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said right zone image data set comprises images of a right zone that encompasses where another vehicle may overtake the equipped vehicle in a right side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said middle zone image data set comprises images of a middle zone between said left zone and said right zone;

    a video display screen for displaying video images;

    wherein the video display screen comprises a left display region at a left portion of said video display screen and a right display region at a right portion of said video display screen;

    wherein the video display screen comprises a middle display region at a middle portion of said video display screen;

    wherein said middle display region spans between said left display region and said right display region;

    wherein, during forward travel of the equipped vehicle and responsive to at least one selected from the group consisting of (a) actuation of a left turn signal indicator of the equipped vehicle, (b) detection of another vehicle in or approaching the left side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen displays video images derived, at least in part, from said left zone image data set captured by said rearward-viewing video camera at said left display region in order to display a scene occurring at the left side lane at the left side of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, during forward travel of the equipped vehicle and when said video display screen is displaying video images derived, at least in part, from said left zone image data at said left display region, said video display screen does not display video images derived, at least in part, from said middle zone image data at said middle display region and does not display video images derived, at least in part, from said right zone image data at said right display region;

    wherein, during forward travel of the equipped vehicle and responsive to at least one of (a) actuation of a right turn signal indicator of the equipped vehicle, (b) detection of another vehicle in or approaching the right side lane adjacent to the equipped vehicle and (c) a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen displays video images derived, at least in part, from said right zone image data set captured by said rearward-viewing video camera at said right display region in order to display a scene occurring at the right side lane at the right side of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, during forward travel of the equipped vehicle, and when said video display screen is displaying video images derived, at least in part, from said right zone image data at said right display region, said video display screen does not display video images derived, at least in part, from said middle zone image data at said middle display region and does not display video images derived, at least in part, from said left zone image data at said left display region.

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