Wide angle image capture system for vehicle

  • US 6,717,610 B1
  • Filed: 11/25/1998
  • Issued: 04/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/25/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular vision system, comprising:

  • a reflector fixedly attached at a portion of a vehicle for reflecting an image occurring exteriorly of the vehicle, said reflector having a reflector field of view exterior of the vehicle, said reflector field of view encompassing a view of a road portion and vehicles or objects thereon, said reflector field of view having a first principal axis;

    an image capture device fixedly attached at the portion of the vehicle, said image capture device having an image capture device field of view, said image capture device being oriented such that said image capture device field of view encompasses said image reflected from said reflector, said reflector and said image capture device defining an optical path therebetween and being oriented relative to one another such that the optical path is directed off of said first principal axis of said reflector so that the image captured by said image capture device does not include a reflection of the image capture device; and

    a display system which displays an image from an output of said image capture device, said display system including a display viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is operating the vehicle.

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