Integrated video/data information system and method for application to commercial vehicles to enhance driver awareness

  • US 20030222982A1
  • Filed: 03/20/2003
  • Published: 12/04/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/28/2002
  • Status: Abandoned Application
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1. An integrated video/data information system for use on-board a commercial vehicle, said system comprising:

  • a digital integrated data bus for conveying among bus modules coupled to said bus video and data information in a digital format based on a predetermined bus protocol;

    a plurality of bus compatible camera modules coupled to said integrated data bus, each camera module of said plurality comprising a camera for generating image data representative of a view thereof, each camera module operative as a bus module for transmitting, upon command, over said bus said image data in a digital format compatible with said predetermined bus protocol;

    at least one bus compatible display module coupled to said integrated data bus, each display module comprising a display monitor for displaying image data for viewing by an operator, each display module operative as a bus module to receive from said bus, upon command, image data originating from a selected camera module of said plurality, and to display said image data on said display monitor thereof; and

    a bus master module coupled to said integrated data bus for transmitting commands over said bus to said plurality of camera modules and said at least one display module, said commands comprising a first command for directing a selected camera module of said plurality to transmit image data thereof over said bus, and a second command for directing a selected display module of said at least one display module to receive image data corresponding to said selected camera module from said bus and to display said received image data on said display monitor thereof.

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