Driver assistance system for vehicle

  • US 7,912,646 B2
  • Filed: 08/06/2009
  • Issued: 03/22/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A driver assistance system for use in a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:

  • a global-positioning system generating an output indicative of a current geographical location of the vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system;

    a forward facing camera having a forward field of view in the direction of forward travel of the vehicle, wherein said forward facing camera captures video images forward of the vehicle as the equipped vehicle travels along a route of travel;

    a video display screen for displaying said video images captured by said forward facing camera as the equipped vehicle travels along the route, wherein said video display screen comprises a reconfigurable video display screen, wherein said video display screen is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when the driver is normally operating the vehicle;

    wherein said driver assistance system, responsive to image processing of said video images and responsive to said output of said global-positioning system, generates a graphic overlay on the displayed video images that assists the driver'"'"'s driving task as the vehicle travels along the route; and

    wherein said graphic overlay highlights portions of the displayed video images to assist the driver'"'"'s driving task as the vehicle travels along the route.

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