Vehicle control system and method

  • US 6,302,545 B1
  • Filed: 01/08/1999
  • Issued: 10/16/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/26/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. Apparatus for controlling vehicle equipment, comprising:

  • an imaging device for capturing an image of a front seat of an interior of the vehicle and outputting image data corresponding thereto;

    a processor which (i) receives the image data output from the imaging device, (ii) compares the received image data with stored image data, and (iii) outputs a vehicle equipment control signal based on the comparison; and

    said processor modifying said stored image data in accordance with a light level present in said interior of said vehicle, thereby rendering said apparatus substantially insensitive to general lighting conditions, said apparatus being sensitive to movement within said interior of said vehicle.

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