Rear-view monitor for use in vehicles

  • US 6,218,960 B1
  • Filed: 02/29/2000
  • Issued: 04/17/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/01/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A rear-view monitor for use in vehicles, comprising:

  • vehicle-mounted image pickup means for picking up images of a road in the rear of one'"'"'s own vehicle at every fixed time; and

    detection means for detecting an overtaking vehicle by processing road images obtained by the image pickup means, wherein relative movement between one'"'"'s own vehicle and the overtaking vehicle detected by the detection means is monitored, the image pickup means contain a wide-angle high resolution camera, and the detection means include;

    first image processing means for processing the whole road images obtained by the image pickup means by sampling image data;

    second image processing means for processing a part of road images obtained by the image pickup means without sampling image data; and

    selection means for selecting either the first image processing means or the second image processing means in response to a situation of traffic.

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