System and method for automatically steering a vehicle within a lane in a road

  • US 5,245,422 A
  • Filed: 06/28/1991
  • Issued: 09/14/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/28/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A system for automatically steering a vehicle along a lane in a road, said system comprising:

  • sensor means mounted to the vehicle for generating position information about the road in front of the vehicle;

    cruise control means for controlling the speed of the vehicle, the cruise control means including a switch for initiating automatic speed control;

    processor means, coupled to the sensor means and also to the cruise control switch, for analyzing the information from the sensor means;

    the processor beginning the analysis of the information when the cruise control switch is engaged; and

    steering control means for automatically controlling the steering of the vehicle to maintain the vehicle within the lane in the road as a function of the analysis by the processor.

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