Vehicular video system

  • US 7,697,027 B2
  • Filed: 07/31/2002
  • Issued: 04/13/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/31/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle-based video system of a vehicle, said video system comprising:

  • a video processor;

    a plurality of sensing devices, said plurality of sensing devices comprising at least one imaging device and at least one non-imaging device;

    a plurality of electronic sensor interfaces operable to receive output data from said plurality of sensing devices;

    at least one electronic vehicle interface operable to communicate with a vehicle communication bus;

    said video processor generating display signals for displaying video information for viewing and use by a driver in the vehicle for operation of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle in the vehicle;

    a video display screen responsive to said display signals of said video processor;

    said video processor comprising at least one of a diagnostics section for performing diagnostics and an object-tracking section for tracking detected objects; and

    wherein said video processor is operable to fuse data from said at least one imaging device and said at least one non-imaging device into a single database in a standard format, said video processor further processing said single database to at least one of (i) merge images from at least two imaging devices for displaying merged images on said video display screen for viewing and use by the driver in the vehicle when the vehicle is normally operated and is being driven by the driver in the vehicle, (ii) reduce distortion created by a wide-angle lens for displaying information with reduced distortion on said video display screen for viewing and use by the driver in the vehicle when the vehicle is normally operated and is being driven by the driver in the vehicle, and (iii) superimpose a graphical overlay on a display image for displaying information with a graphical overlay superimposed thereon on said video display screen for viewing and use by the driver in the vehicle when the vehicle is normally operated and is being driven by the driver in the vehicle; and

    said video processor providing at least one output signal in response to processing said fused data of said single database, said at least one output signal comprising at least an output signal for conveying information to a driver in the vehicle that is used by the driver in the vehicle when the vehicle is being driven by the driver in the vehicle.

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