Accessory system for vehicle

  • US 8,710,969 B2
  • Filed: 09/09/2013
  • Issued: 04/29/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a windshield, said windshield having an outer surface that is exterior of the vehicle when said windshield is mounted to a vehicle equipped with said accessory system and an inner surface that is interior of the vehicle when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield is at a windshield angle relative to vertical when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield has a mounting element attached at said inner surface;

    wherein said mounting element is adapted for mounting of an accessory module thereto and demounting of said accessory module therefrom;

    an accessory module adapted for mounting to and demounting from said mounting element;

    said accessory module accommodating a camera comprising a CMOS photosensor array and a lens;

    wherein said CMOS photosensor array is accommodated at said accessory module separate from said lens;

    wherein said CMOS photosensor array is disposed on a circuit board;

    wherein said accessory module is configured so that, when mounted to said mounting element attached at said windshield, said lens has a field of view through said windshield appropriate for a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said driver assistance system comprises at least one of (i) a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle, (ii) an object detection system of the equipped vehicle, (iii) a traffic sign recognition system of the equipped vehicle, (iv) an adaptive cruise control system of the equipped vehicle, (v) a traffic lane control system of the equipped vehicle, (vi) a lane change assist system of the equipped vehicle and (vii) a blind spot detection system of the equipped vehicle.

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