Consolidated rear view camera and display system for motor vehicle

  • US 5,289,321 A
  • Filed: 02/12/1993
  • Issued: 02/22/1994
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/12/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. Rear viewing arrangement for a motor vehicle to permit an operator in a driver'"'"'s position within the vehicle a view of traffic conditions to rearward from left and right sides of the motor vehicle, comprising:

  • left and right video camera arrangements respectively mounted on the left and right sides of the motor vehicle at a position at or forward of the said driver'"'"'s position; and

    each said arrangement including a miniature video camera having a viewing angle directed generally rearwards, and a housing that is formed of a fairing disposed over the associated camera to protect same and minimize lateral protuberance from the side of the vehicle while avoiding unnecessary air flow turbulence, and a window on a rearward side of said fairing; and

    at least one viewing screen coupled to said video camera arrangements and disposed at said driver'"'"'s position within the vehicle to reproduce left and right rearward views of the traffic conditions as viewed by said video cameras.

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