Obstacle detecting device for a vehicle

  • US 5,386,285 A
  • Filed: 02/03/1993
  • Issued: 01/31/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/28/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An obstacle detecting device for a vehicle comprising:

  • first and second image sensors for sensing an environment, including an object, external to said vehicle and outputting first and second image data, respectively, representative thereof;

    a display image plane for displaying said first image data as a display image including an image of said object;

    means for designating a plurality of regions of said display image on said display image plane;

    optical detecting means for detecting distances from said vehicle to said object when said image of said object is in at least one of said regions of said display image;

    a device mounted on said vehicle for radiating a beam to said object and receiving a reflected beam therefrom to detect distances from said vehicle to said object; and

    microprocessor means for causing, based on a predetermined condition, either said optical detecting means or said device to detect the distances from said vehicle to said object.

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