Camera for vehicle

  • US 8,570,374 B2
  • Filed: 11/13/2009
  • Issued: 10/29/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A camera for mounting at a windshield of a vehicle, the camera comprising:

  • a housing, wherein the housing is formed of a thermally conductive metallic material that provides electro-magnetic compatibility protection and electrostatic discharge protection;

    a lens member;

    an imaging element disposed in the housing and positioned to receive video input from the lens member;

    wherein, when the camera is mounted at the windshield of the vehicle, the imaging element is generally vertically oriented;

    an image processor disposed on an image processing board disposed in the housing, wherein said image processor is operable to generate image output data that relates to the video input received by the imaging element;

    circuitry operable to communicate signals relating to the image output data to a vehicle component;

    wherein, when the camera is mounted at the windshield of the vehicle, the image processing board is generally non-vertically oriented; and

    wherein the image processing board is positioned in a selected position to release heat along a heat path that is spaced from the imaging element.

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