Vehicular vision system

  • US 7,344,261 B2
  • Filed: 10/06/2005
  • Issued: 03/18/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/26/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular vision system, said system comprising:

  • a photosensor array comprising a plurality of photosensor elements arranged in a predefined arrangement;

    said photosensor array having a field of view forward of the vehicle that is generally in line with the vehicle'"'"'s primary direction of forward travel;

    at least one item of interest exterior the vehicle and within said forward field of view;

    a portion of said photosensor array capturing an image of said at least one item of interest;

    a control responsive to an output of said photosensor array; and

    said control analyzing particular groupings of photosensor elements from said portion of said photosensor array while ignoring other particular groupings of photosensor elements from said portion of said photosensor array so as to determine at least one of presence, size, shape, contour and motion of said at least one item of interest exterior the vehicle, wherein said particular groupings of photosensor elements and said other particular groupings of photosensor elements are within a region of said photosensor array where an object of interest is expected to be imaged.

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