Monitoring device for a motor vehicle

  • US 6,989,736 B2
  • Filed: 09/24/2003
  • Issued: 01/24/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/25/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A monitoring device for a motor vehicle having a front bumper and having an interior cabin, the device comprising:

  • at least one display device located in the interior cabin of the vehicle;

    the front bumper including a carrier unit;

    said carrier unit including a first camera having a field of view of a first area to the left adjacent the vehicle and a second camera having a field of view of a second area to the right adjacent the vehicle;

    said carrier unit adapted to pivot from an operating position to a retracted position;

    said first and second cameras being above the front bumper when said carrier unit in said operating position;

    said first and second cameras being within the front bumper when said carrier unit is in said retracted position;

    said sides of the vehicle observed by said first and second cameras when said carrier unit pivots to said operating position;

    images captured by said first and second cameras when in said operating position displayed on the display device;

    said carrier unit pivotally moving from said operating position to said retracted position when said side views are not desired; and

    wherein the monitoring device interacts with a lighting device.

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