Vehicular video processor module

  • US 8,405,725 B2
  • Filed: 02/18/2010
  • Issued: 03/26/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/31/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video processor module suitable for use in a vehicle, said video processor module comprising:

  • a video processor;

    a plurality of imaging sensor interfaces, said plurality of imaging sensor interfaces comprising at least (a) a first imaging sensor interface configured for communication with a first imaging sensor of a vehicle equipped with said video processor module and (b) a second imaging sensor interface configured for communication with a second imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said first and second imaging sensor interfaces receive image data captured by the first and second imaging sensors of the equipped vehicle, respectively;

    wherein said first imaging sensor interface is configured for communication with one of (a) a forward-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (b) a rearward-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (c) a left-side-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (d) a right-side-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle and (e) an inward-cabin-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said second imaging sensor interface is configured for communication with another of (a) a forward-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (b) a rearward-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (c) a left-side-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle, (d) a right-side-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle and (e) an inward-cabin-facing imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said video processor comprises an object detection section;

    wherein said video processor comprises a camera selection section;

    wherein said video processor comprises a camera control section;

    wherein said video processor module comprises a vehicle interface section;

    wherein said video processor comprises a memory section;

    wherein said camera control section integrates data by fusing data received by said first and second imaging sensor interfaces from the first and second imaging sensors of the equipped vehicle, respectively, and data received by at least one non-imaging sensor interface of said video processor module from at least one non-imaging sensor of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said camera control section integrates said data by fusing said data into a single database in a standard format.

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