Systems and arrangements for providing situational awareness to an operator of a vehicle

  • US 7,633,383 B2
  • Filed: 08/16/2006
  • Issued: 12/15/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • acquiring, by a video acquisition module utilizing at least hardware, a digitized video comprising pixel data;

    performing pixel differentiation to locate differentiations in the pixel data in a video frame of the digitized video, by a pixel differentiation module;

    defining an area of interest in the pixel data of the video frame, by the pixel differentiation module, the area of interest comprising a pool of light produced by a headlight of a vehicle on the ground with an identifiable edge in front of the vehicle; and

    detecting attribute information of the area of interest by an attribute detector to track edges of the pool of light to determine a distance and a sideways separation of the vehicle and to compare the edges with other attribute information for the vehicle to determine a speed of the vehicle.

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