Traffic accident recording system

  • US 6,684,137 B2
  • Filed: 12/29/2001
  • Issued: 01/27/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/29/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A traffic recording system comprising:

  • first means for obtaining visual images of a traffic accident and surrounding areas, said first means being disposed near a road and including a TV camera for obtaining said visual images, storage means for storing said visual images from said TV camera, discarding means for periodically or continuously discarding stored visual images after a selected period of time when no accident has occurred, and signal means for controlling said TV camera and said storage means upon receiving a trigger signal, said storage means further comprising;

    second means for continuously storing visual images; and

    third means for controlling said second means and said discarding means so that upon receipt of said trigger signal, said visual images from said TV camera are stored in said storage means and later accessed, said visual images being for preselected time periods before, during and after an accident involving a vehicle; and

    fourth means for providing said trigger signal upon occurrence of said accident involving said vehicle, said fourth means being disposed on said vehicle and including a trigger generating means for providing said trigger signal upon occurrence of said accident, and transmitter means for transmitting said trigger signal provided by said trigger generating means.

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