Imaging system for vehicle

  • US 6,946,978 B2
  • Filed: 04/24/2003
  • Issued: 09/20/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An imaging system suitable for use with a vehicle based global positioning system, the vehicle based global positioning system being operable to determine a vehicle position in response to a satellite communication and to provide position data of the vehicle position, said imaging system, comprising:

  • an imaging sensor operable to capture images of a scene exteriorly of the vehicle, said imaging sensor being positioned at one of an interior portion of the vehicle and an exterior portion of the vehicle; and

    a control operable to process said images and to track vehicle movement via processing of said images, said control being operable to receive the position data from the vehicle based global positioning system, the position data including previous location data indicating a previous location of the vehicle determined by the vehicle based global positioning system before a satellite communication to the vehicle based global positioning system is interrupted, said control being operable to determine movement data of the vehicle via image processing of said images, said control utilizing said movement data and said previous location data determined by the vehicle based global positioning system to determine a current vehicle location record when the satellite communication to the vehicle based global positioning system is interrupted.

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