Rear vision system for a vehicle

  • US 8,896,700 B2
  • Filed: 06/02/2014
  • Issued: 11/25/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/14/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A camera vision system for a vehicle, said camera vision system comprising:

  • a rear backup video camera at a rear portion of a vehicle equipped with said camera vision system;

    said rear backup video camera having a rearward field of view external of the equipped vehicle;

    said rear backup video camera operable to capture video images rearward of the equipped vehicle during a rear backup maneuver of the equipped vehicle;

    a vehicle hitch at a rear portion of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the rearward field of view of said rear backup video camera encompasses said vehicle hitch;

    wherein said vehicle hitch is configured to connect to a trailer tongue of a trailer to connect the trailer to the equipped vehicle;

    a display device comprising a video screen operable to display video images captured by said rear backup video camera for viewing by a driver of the equipped vehicle who is maneuvering the equipped vehicle to connect said vehicle hitch of the equipped vehicle to said trailer tongue of the trailer;

    a control in the equipped vehicle;

    said control controlling display of video images captured by said rear backup video camera;

    wherein video images captured by said rear backup video camera are displayed by said display device when a transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted into reverse gear by the driver;

    wherein said control continues to display video images captured by said rear backup video camera during a short term forward movement of the equipped vehicle after said shifting of the transmission of the equipped vehicle into reverse gear; and

    wherein said control continues to display video images captured by said rear backup video camera during the short term forward movement of the equipped vehicle at least one of (i) for a threshold period after the transmission of the equipped vehicle is shifted from reverse gear (ii) until the forward speed of the equipped vehicle exceeds a threshold speed and (iii) until the forward distance moved by the equipped vehicle exceeds a threshold distance.

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