360° vision system for a vehicle

  • US 6,636,258 B2
  • Filed: 10/19/2001
  • Issued: 10/21/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/19/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle environment monitoring system comprising:

  • a camera mounted on top of said vehicle;

    a conical reflector in operative relation to said camera, said camera and said reflector providing a 360°

    field of view image around said vehicle; and

    a controller adapted to detect objects within said image, determine a reference angle between said vehicle and a detected object from said image, and generate a distance value between said vehicle and said detected object as a function of a lane width value (w) and said reference angle (q).

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