System and method of providing scalable sensor systems based on stand alone sensor modules

  • US 7,061,372 B2
  • Filed: 07/18/2003
  • Issued: 06/13/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/16/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A collision avoidance system, comprising:

  • a first stand alone sensor module comprising;

    a first sensor;

    a first signal interface;

    a first processor connected to the first sensor and the first signal interface, wherein the first processor receives signals from the first sensor and the first signal interface and drives a first vehicle status signal to the first signal interface as a function of the signals received from the first sensor and the first signal interface;

    a second stand alone sensor module connected to the first stand alone sensor module comprising;

    a second sensor;

    a second signal interface;

    a second processor connected to the second sensor and the second signal interface, wherein the second processor receives signals from the second sensor and the second signal interface and drives a second vehicle status signal to the second signal interface as a function of the signals received from the second sensor and the second signal interface; and

    a display module connected to the first signal interface and the second signal interface that receives the first and second vehicle status signals and displays vehicle status information representative of the first and second vehicle status signals.

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