Radar sensing system for vehicle

  • US 8,013,780 B2
  • Filed: 01/24/2008
  • Issued: 09/06/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/25/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A forward facing sensing system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a windshield, said forward facing sensing system comprising:

  • a radar sensor operable to detect an object ahead of the vehicle;

    a forward facing image sensor having a forward field of view in a direction of forward travel of the vehicle;

    wherein both said radar sensor and said image sensor are disposed behind or adjacent to an upper region of the vehicle windshield;

    a control responsive to said radar sensor and responsive to said forward facing image sensor;

    wherein said control at least one of (a) enhances detection of an object ahead of the vehicle by said radar sensor responsive to said forward facing image sensor and (b) enhances detection of an object ahead of the vehicle by said forward facing image sensor responsive to said radar sensor; and

    wherein said radar sensor comprises a silicon germanium radar sensor.

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