Forward sensing system for vehicle

  • US 10,877,147 B2
  • Filed: 06/01/2020
  • Issued: 12/29/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/25/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A forward facing sensing system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a windshield, said forward facing sensing system comprising:

  • a radar sensor, wherein, with said radar sensor disposed at the vehicle, said radar sensor has a sensing direction forward of the vehicle;

    a forward facing image sensor, wherein, with said forward facing image sensor disposed at the vehicle, said forward facing image sensor has a viewing direction forward of the vehicle;

    wherein both said radar sensor and said image sensor are disposed within a windshield electronics module that is removably installed within the vehicle cabin at an upper region of the vehicle windshield and that is removable from the upper region of the vehicle windshield as a self-contained unit for service or replacement;

    said radar sensor and said image sensor cooperating in a way that enhances the sensing capabilities of said forward facing sensing system to determine whether objects present in a path of forward travel of the vehicle are objects of interest;

    a control responsive to an output of said radar sensor and responsive to an output of said forward facing image sensor;

    responsive to said forward facing image sensor viewing an object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle and responsive to said radar sensor sensing the object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle, said control enhances interrogation of an area in front of the vehicle at which the object is present to determine if the object is an object of interest causing a potentially hazardous condition;

    wherein the object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle comprises one selected from the group consisting of (i) another vehicle present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle, (ii) a person present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle and (iii) a deer present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle; and

    wherein said control enhances interrogation of the area at which the object is present via enhanced processing by an image processor of said control of image data captured by said forward facing image sensor at the area at which the object is present, the enhanced processing by the image processor comprising enhanced processing of a portion of the image plane of said forward facing image sensor that is spatially related to the location of the object present in the path of forward travel of the vehicle.

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