Parking and/or maneuvering assistance device

  • US 6,819,231 B2
  • Filed: 02/04/2003
  • Issued: 11/16/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/05/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A parking and/or maneuvering assistance device for a passenger vehicle or a commercial vehicle having a vehicle interior and a vehicle exterior facing an outside, the device comprising:

  • an image acquisition unit;

    a graphic display unit with which the image information recorded by the image acquisition unit can be displayed in the interior of the vehicle either with or without processing;

    a protective element, the image acquisition unit being situated behind the protective element so that it is essentially inaccessible from the outside at least in a resting position, the protective element having a opening allocated to the image acquisition unit; and

    a drive mechanism and an adjustable cover provided on the outside of the protective element, the adjustable cover being adjustable in position by the drive mechanism between a resting position, in which the opening in the protective element is essentially covered by the cover and at least one operating position which is different from the resting position and in which the images of the observation area located outside the vehicle can be recorded through the opening by the image acquisition unit situated behind the protective element or in which the image acquisition unit can extend through the opening in the protective element for at least a short distance.

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