Parking assist system

  • US 8,874,317 B2
  • Filed: 07/27/2010
  • Issued: 10/28/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/27/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A parking assist system for a vehicle, the parking assist system comprising:

  • a camera mounted to the vehicle so as to capture image data representative of a rearward scene in a field of view of the camera;

    a display in the vehicle operable to display an image of the rearward scene derived from captured image data;

    a controller operable in multiple modes;

    wherein the controller, when operating in a first mode of the multiple modes, is operable to add an overlay to the displayed image of the rearward scene, wherein the overlay includes a representation of a target parking position;

    wherein the controller is operable in the first mode while the vehicle is being driven by a driver of the vehicle;

    wherein, when the transmission of the vehicle is in a reverse gear, the controller is operable in a second mode, and wherein, when operating in the second mode, the controller adds a second overlay and a third overlay to the displayed image of the rearward scene;

    wherein the second overlay includes a representation of a projected rearward path of the vehicle that is based on a current vehicle steering angle of the vehicle; and

    wherein the controller is operable to determine a target path for the vehicle to guide the driver to the target parking position and wherein the third overlay includes a representation of the determined target path; and

    wherein the parking assist system is operable to display the determined target path for the vehicle and the projected rearward path of the vehicle, to inform the driver of the projected path for the vehicle based on the current vehicle steering angle, and to inform the driver of whether the projected rearward path substantially matches the determined target path.

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