Automatic vehicle exterior light control

  • US 8,842,176 B2
  • Filed: 01/15/2010
  • Issued: 09/23/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/22/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle automatic vehicle exterior light control, said vehicle automatic vehicle exterior light control comprising:

  • an image sensor disposed at a vehicle and having a two-dimensional array of columns and rows of photosensing pixels, wherein said image sensor has a field of view exterior the vehicle and wherein said array of said image sensor comprises more columns of photosensing pixels thain rows of photosensing pixels;

    an image processor operable to process image data captured by said image sensor;

    a controller operable, responsive to image processing of a portion of captured image data representative of a portion of the field of view of said image sensor and responsive to at least one vehicle input, to generate at least one vehicle automatic exterior light control signal and an exterior light status indicator signal as a function of said image processing of the portion of captured image data and of said at least one vehicle input; and

    wherein said controller, responsive to image processing of captured image data, is operable to detect road markings on a road along which the vehicle is traveling.

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