Automatic rearview mirror, vehicle lighting control and vehicle interior monitoring system using a photosensor array

  • US 5,877,897 A
  • Filed: 06/07/1995
  • Issued: 03/02/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/26/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for monitoring a vehicle interior, comprising:

  • photosensor array means, disposed in a vehicle interior in a top portion of the vehicle, for sensing light levels in an area rearward of said photosensor array means and generating at least a first set of photosensor array signals;

    first determining means coupled to said photosensor array means for receiving said at least a first set of photosensor array signals, and for determining a first signal from a first number of said at least a first set of photosensor array signals;

    second determining means coupled to said photosensor array means for receiving said at least a first set of photosensor array signals, and for determining a second signal from a second number of said at least a first set of photosensor array signals, the second number being greater than the first number, the second signal including signals corresponding to image information from the vehicle interior; and

    memory means coupled to said second determining means for receiving and storing said second signal.

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