System and method for controlling vehicle equipment responsive to a multi-stage village detection

  • US 8,983,135 B2
  • Filed: 06/01/2012
  • Issued: 03/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for controlling equipment 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 a control signal that is used to control the equipment, said controller configured to generate the control signal in response to analysis of the image data and in response to a selected mode of operation,wherein said controller analyzes the image data to detect at least one characteristic in the image data, where the at least one characteristic may be present in varying levels indicative of a brightness of a village,wherein said controller is further configured to select a mode of operation from at least the following modes of operation;

    a dark village mode, a bright village mode, and at least one non-village mode,wherein said controller selects a dark village mode if the at least one characteristic reaches a first threshold,wherein said controller selects a bright village mode if the at least one characteristic reaches a second threshold, where the second threshold is set to a higher level of the at least one characteristic so as to represent a brighter village than a dark village as represented by the first threshold, andwherein said controller selects one of said at least one non-village mode if said controller is not operating in either the dark village mode or the bright village mode.

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