Driver assistance system for vehicle

  • US 7,873,187 B2
  • Filed: 08/16/2010
  • Issued: 01/18/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:

  • an imaging device having a field of view forward of a vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system and in a direction of travel of the equipped vehicle, wherein said imaging device is operable to capture image data;

    an image processor operable to process image data captured by said imaging device;

    a global positioning system operable to determine a geographical location of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the equipped vehicle comprises an adaptive speed control system for controlling the speed of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said adaptive speed control system reduces the speed of the equipped vehicle responsive at least in part to a detection of a curve in the road ahead of the equipped vehicle via processing by said image processor of image data captured by said imaging device;

    wherein said adaptive speed control system reduces the speed of the equipped vehicle to a reduced speed for traveling around the detected curve in the road; and

    wherein said adaptive speed control system increases the speed of the equipped vehicle to above the reduced speed when the equipped vehicle is traveling along a straighter section of road after the curve in the road.

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