Object detection and tracking system

  • US 8,027,029 B2
  • Filed: 11/07/2008
  • Issued: 09/27/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/07/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An object detection system for a host vehicle, said object detection system comprising:

  • an imaging device having a field of view exterior of the host vehicle and operable to capture image data representative of a scene exterior the host vehicle;

    an image processor processing image data to detect an object of interest in the field of view of said imaging device; and

    a ranging device emitting a steerable beam, wherein said steerable beam of said ranging device is steerable responsive to said image processing so as to have its line of sight guided toward the detected object of interest, and wherein said object detection system is operable to direct said steerable beam toward a detected object of interest for a dwell time and wherein said dwell time of said steerable beam is variable in accordance with a priority score.

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