System for monitoring an area adjacent a vehicle

  • US 8,194,132 B2
  • Filed: 09/13/2007
  • Issued: 06/05/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/20/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for monitoring an area around a vehicle comprising:

  • a camera assembly for mounting to the vehicle, the camera assembly comprising;

    (i) a camera adapted to produce an image signal corresponding to a perceived image, and (ii) means for supplying power;

    a transmitter operably coupled to the camera for wirelessly transmitting the image signal;

    a receiver for receiving the wirelessly transmitted image signal; and

    a display device comprising;

    (i) means for supplying power, (ii) an image processing unit operably coupled to the receiver for converting the received image signal into a display image that is displayed on the display device, (iii) a video input port operably coupled to the image processing unit, and (iv) a display switching circuit for selecting between displaying the received image signal from the receiver as the display image and displaying a video signal from the video input port as the display image.

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