Driver assist system for vehicle

  • US 9,376,060 B2
  • Filed: 11/16/2015
  • Issued: 06/28/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/31/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A driver assist system suitable for use in a vehicle, said driver assist system comprising:

  • a plurality of video sensors disposed at a vehicle equipped with said vehicular driver assist system;

    said plurality of video sensors comprising at least four vehicular cameras;

    said at least four vehicular cameras comprising a first vehicular camera disposed at a driver side of the equipped vehicle;

    said at least four vehicular cameras comprising a second vehicular camera disposed at a passenger side of the equipped vehicle;

    said at least four vehicular cameras comprising a third vehicular camera disposed at a rear portion of the equipped vehicle;

    said at least four vehicular cameras comprising a fourth vehicular camera disposed at a front portion of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said first vehicular camera has a first field of view exterior of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture first image data;

    wherein said second vehicular camera has a second field of view exterior of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture second image data;

    wherein said third vehicular camera has a third field of view exterior of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture third image data;

    wherein said fourth vehicular camera has a fourth field of view exterior of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture fourth image data;

    wherein said first vehicular camera comprises a CMOS imaging sensor and wherein said second vehicular camera comprises a CMOS imaging sensor and wherein said third vehicular camera comprises a CMOS imaging sensor and wherein said fourth vehicular camera comprises a CMOS imaging sensor;

    a plurality of non-video sensors disposed at the equipped vehicle;

    said plurality of non-video sensors comprising at least one non-video sensor selected from the group consisting of a radar sensor, a near-infrared sensor, a far-infrared sensor, a thermal sensor and a sonar sensor;

    wherein said at least one non-video sensor is operable to capture sensor data;

    a video processor module;

    wherein said video processor module receives first image data captured by said first vehicular camera;

    wherein said video processor module receives second image data captured by said second vehicular camera;

    wherein said video processor module receives third image data captured by said third vehicular camera;

    wherein said video processor module receives fourth image data captured by said fourth vehicular camera;

    wherein said video processor module receives sensor data captured by said at least one non-video sensor;

    wherein received image data is fused with received sensor data at said video processor module;

    wherein said video processor module communicates with other vehicle systems via a vehicle bus of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein received image data is processed at said video processor module to generate a synthesized image;

    wherein said synthesized image is output from said video processor module for display by a single display screen of a display device of the equipped vehicle that is viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when normally operating the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said synthesized image displayed by said display screen approximates a substantially seamless view as would be viewed from a single virtual camera located exterior the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, responsive at least in part to fusing of image data and sensor data at said video processor module, a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle is controlled.

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