Warning device in motor vehicles

  • US 7,079,017 B2
  • Filed: 03/21/2002
  • Issued: 07/18/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/23/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A warning system for vehicles having a plurality of sensors, at least one of the sensors located about each of a front, a rear, a left side and a right side of the vehicle, the sensors being configured to detect a presence of an obstruction and produce an obstruction signal, the warning system comprising:

  • a plurality of display devices including a pair of mirrors and a monitor affixed to the vehicle and located in a field of regard of a driver of the vehicle;

    a control apparatus in communication with the sensors, the control apparatus configured to deliver an advisory signal to selected ones of said display devices in response to the obstruction signal from at least one of said sensors detecting the obstruction;

    an alert device including a liquid crystal display (LCD) on the monitor and an acoustic device having a voice module configured to verbally alert the driver in communication with the control apparatus responsive to the advisory to the advisory signal, the LCD configured to display a text message to alert the driver of the detected obstruction displayed in said display devices in response to the signal from the control apparatus.

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