Vehicular vision system

  • US 8,814,401 B2
  • Filed: 03/22/2012
  • Issued: 08/26/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/12/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular vision system suitable for use in a vehicle, said vehicular vision system comprising:

  • an imaging device having a field of view at least generally forwardly with respect to a forward direction of travel of a vehicle equipped with said vehicular vision system;

    wherein said imaging device is operable to capture image data;

    a control operable to process said captured image data;

    wherein said control is operable to process said captured image data to detect objects present at least one of (i) generally forwardly of the equipped vehicle as the equipped vehicle travels along the road and (ii) generally sidewardly of the equipped vehicle as the equipped vehicle travels along the road;

    wherein said objects comprise at least one selected from the group consisting of (i) a sign ahead of the equipped vehicle, (ii) an animal ahead of the equipped vehicle and (iii) a pedestrian ahead of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said control is operable to process said captured image data to detect an oncoming headlight or a leading taillight of another vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle;

    an illumination source operable to illuminate at least one of generally forwardly of the equipped vehicle and generally sidewardly of the equipped vehicle, wherein said illumination source comprises an array of light emitting diodes and wherein illumination emanating from said illumination source is adjustable via selectively activating at least some individual light emitting diodes of said array of light emitting diodes; and

    wherein said selective activation of at least some individual light emitting diodes of said array of light emitting diodes is responsive, at least in part, to a detection of an oncoming headlight or a leading taillight of another vehicle forward of the equipped vehicle.

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