Vehicle imaging system

  • US 7,265,656 B2
  • Filed: 02/24/2006
  • Issued: 09/04/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/19/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicle imaging system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a license plate mounting portion at a rear portion of the vehicle, said vehicle imaging system comprising:

  • an imaging sensor having a field of view;

    an imaging sensor bracket for mounting said imaging sensor to the vehicle, said imaging sensor bracket comprising a vehicle mounting portion and a sensor mounting portion extending from said vehicle mounting portion;

    said vehicle mounting portion being configured to be mounted at a mounting element for a license plate at the license plate mounting portion of the vehicle;

    said sensor mounting portion being angled with respect to said vehicle mounting portion such that said sensor mounting portion extends generally rearwardly when said vehicle mounting portion is fastened at the license plate mounting element on the vehicle;

    said imaging sensor being disposed at said sensor mounting portion so as to have a generally downward and rearward field of view exterior of the vehicle, said imaging sensor generating a signal indicative of an image representative of a scene occurring within the generally downward and rearward field of view;

    an image processor processing said signal and generating an output signal representative of the imaged scene; and

    a display operable to display information in response to said output signal of said image processor.

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