Vision system for vehicle

  • US 9,191,634 B2
  • Filed: 04/03/2015
  • Issued: 11/17/2015
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:

  • a forward facing camera disposed at a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vision system, said forward facing camera having a forward field of view through the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    said forward facing camera comprising an imaging array sensor and a lens;

    wherein said forward facing camera is operable to capture image data for a plurality of driver assistance systems of the equipped vehicle;

    an image processor operable to process captured image data;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, a lane of a road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is determined;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, an oncoming vehicle approaching the equipped vehicle is detected;

    wherein said plurality of driver assistance systems of the equipped vehicle comprises a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said plurality of driver assistance systems comprises at least two other driver assistance systems;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, lane markers of the road lane along which the equipped vehicle is traveling are detected;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, road curvature information is extracted;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, a surface property of the road being travelled by the equipped vehicle is detected; and

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of captured image data, a light beam emanating from a headlamp of the equipped vehicle is adjusted in a manner that limits directing beam light towards the eyes of a driver of the detected oncoming vehicle.

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