Optical identification and monitoring system using pattern recognition for use with vehicles

CAFC
  • US 5,845,000 A
  • Filed: 06/07/1995
  • Issued: 12/01/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/05/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a motor vehicle having an interior passenger compartment containing at least one occupying item, an interior monitoring system comprising:

  • a) illumination means for illuminating a portion of said vehicle interior passenger compartment with electromagnetic radiation in which said at least one occupying item is likely situated;

    b) receiver means for receiving electromagnetic illumination reflected from said at least one occupying item in said vehicle interior passenger compartment;

    c) processor means coupled to said receiver means for processing said received illumination and generating an electronic signal characteristic of said at least one occupying item in said passenger compartment based thereon;

    d) categorization and identification means coupled to said processor means for categorizing said electronic signal to thereby identify said at least one occupying item, said categorization and identification means comprising trained pattern recognition means for processing said electronic signal based on said received illumination from said at least one occupying item to provide an identification of said at least one occupying item based thereon, said pattern recognition means being structured and arranged to apply a pattern recognition algorithm generated from data of possible occupying items of the vehicle and patterns of received electromagnetic illumination from the possible occupying items; and

    e) output means coupled to said categorization and identification means for affecting another system in said vehicle in response to the identification of said at least one occupying item.

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