System and method for controlling exterior vehicle lights responsive to detection of a semi-truck

  • US 8,964,024 B2
  • Filed: 08/01/2013
  • Issued: 02/24/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/02/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior light control system for controlling exterior lights of a controlled vehicle, comprising:

  • an imaging system configured to image a scene external and forward of the controlled vehicle and to generate image data corresponding to the acquired images; and

    a controller configured to receive and analyze the image data and for generating an exterior light control signal that is used to control the exterior lights in response to analysis of the image data,wherein said controller is further configured to analyze the image data to detect a semi-truck,wherein, when a semi-truck is detected, said controller generates an exterior light control signal that indicates the detection of a semi-truck; and

    wherein said controller is further configured to analyze the image data to detect a semi-truck even when headlamps of the semi-truck are not detected.

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