Vehicle headlight control using imaging sensor

  • US 6,097,023 A
  • Filed: 08/17/1998
  • Issued: 08/01/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/26/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle headlamp control useful with a vehicle having a cabin and a windshield for controlling the vehicle'"'"'s headlamps in response to sensing headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of leading vehicles, said headlamp control comprising:

  • a headlamp control assembly including a solid-state light sensor array comprising a plurality of sensors arranged in a matrix on at least one semiconductor substrate, a spectral separation filter to apply particular spectral regions to particular ones of said sensors, a lens directing light onto said sensor array and a control means for identifying headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of leading vehicles;

    wherein said headlamp control assembly is positioned in the vehicle cabin with said imaging array and said optical lens positioned to view scenes forward of the vehicle through a portion of the windshield.

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