Vehicle-surroundings monitoring apparatus

  • US 5,424,952 A
  • Filed: 03/15/1994
  • Issued: 06/13/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/26/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle-surroundings monitoring apparatus which is mounted on a vehicle for monitoring nearby objects lying therearound, said apparatus comprising:

  • sensing means including two optical systems for sensing said objects lying around said vehicle from two different points and forming images of said objects on image sensor means;

    display means for displaying images of said objects on a screen;

    window setting means for setting a plurality of windows on the screen of said display means;

    distance detecting means for detecting the distance to each object in each of said windows based on the principles of trigonometry by detecting a deviation between images of each object sensed by said two optical systems through comparison therebetween; and

    detecting range .restricting means for restricting a distance detecting range for each window to a predetermined range to thereby select as a nearby vehicle an object to which the distance is within the predetermined range.

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