Trailer hitching aid system for vehicle

  • US 9,352,623 B2
  • Filed: 02/17/2014
  • Issued: 05/31/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/23/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A tow hitching aid system for a vehicle, said tow hitching aid system comprising:

  • a camera having a field of view rearward of a vehicle equipped with said tow hitching aid system, the equipped vehicle having a vehicle hitching element at a rear portion of the equipped vehicle for connecting to a trailer hitching element of a trailer;

    wherein said field of view of said camera encompasses the vehicle hitching element;

    at least one ultrasonic sensor disposed at the equipped vehicle;

    a display screen disposed in the equipped vehicle and viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when the driver is normally operating the equipped vehicle;

    a control, wherein said control receives input from said camera and input from said at least one ultrasonic sensor;

    wherein, responsive to inputs from said camera and from said at least one ultrasonic sensor and during a tow hitching maneuver when the equipped vehicle is reversing towards the trailer hitching element of the trailer to establish a hitch connection, said control determines at least one of (i) distance to the trailer and (ii) orientation of the equipped vehicle relative to the trailer; and

    wherein, during a tow hitching maneuver of the equipped vehicle, said control (a) provides video images captured by said camera for display by said display screen and (b) provides, for display by said display screen, at least one graphic overlay that indicates to the driver of the equipped vehicle at least one of (i) distance to the trailer and (ii) orientation of the equipped vehicle relative to the trailer.

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