Driver assistance system for a vehicle

  • US 8,993,951 B2
  • Filed: 07/16/2013
  • Issued: 03/31/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A driver assistance system for a vehicle, said driver assistance system comprising:

  • an imager disposed in a housing;

    said imager comprising (i) a CMOS photosensor array of photosensor elements and (ii) a lens;

    wherein, with said housing mounted at a windshield in a vehicle equipped with said driver assistance system, said imager views forwardly to the exterior of the equipped vehicle through the windshield of the equipped vehicle at a region of the windshield that is swept by a windshield wiper of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said CMOS photosensor array is operable to capture image data;

    a control comprising an image processor;

    wherein said image processor is disposed in said housing;

    wherein said driver assistance system identifies objects viewed by said imager via processing by said image processor of captured image data; and

    wherein, at least in part responsive to processing of captured image data by said image processor, streetlights present exterior of the equipped vehicle and viewed by said imager are discriminated from other objects present exterior the equipped vehicle and viewed by said imager.

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