Driver assistance system for a vehicle

  • US 8,886,401 B2
  • Filed: 11/04/2013
  • Issued: 11/11/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/2003
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:

  • a display screen disposed within an interior cabin of a vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system at a location viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle;

    a camera disposed at the equipped vehicle having a field of view rearward of the equipped vehicle;

    said camera comprising an imaging array sensor;

    wherein said display screen displays video information captured by said camera for assisting the driver during a reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, when the equipped vehicle is not executing a reversing maneuver, said display screen is operable to display information that is wirelessly communicated from a remote communication system to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein information communicated from the remote communication system to the equipped vehicle comprises at least one of (i) traffic flow information, (ii) traffic information, (iii) alternate routes for the equipped vehicle, (iv) traffic congestion information, (v) traffic accident information, (vi) stalled vehicle information, (vii) traffic information derived from sensors positioned along the road that the equipped vehicle is traveling or along other roads near or associated with that road, (viii) traffic information derived from cameras positioned along the road that the equipped vehicle is traveling or along other roads near or associated with that road, (ix) traffic information derived from signs positioned along the road that the equipped vehicle is traveling or along other roads near or associated with that road, and (x) traffic information derived from signs along the road that the equipped vehicle is traveling or along other roads near or associated with that road that communicate traffic information data to a remote communication system; and

    an in-vehicle communication control and a human-machine interface located at an interior rearview mirror assembly of the equipped vehicle, wherein said human-machine interface is connected to said in-vehicle communication control via a connective link to communicate at least one human-machine interface signal between said human-machine interface and said in-vehicle communication control, and wherein a global positioning system communicates at least one GPS-derived signal to one of said interior rearview mirror assembly and said in-vehicle communication control via said connective link, said at least one human-machine interface signal and said at least one GPS-derived signal sharing said connective link such that said connective link comprises a shared common connective link between said in-vehicle communication control and said interior rearview mirror assembly.

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