Accessory system of a vehicle

  • US 9,376,061 B2
  • Filed: 04/23/2015
  • Issued: 06/28/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An accessory system of a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a rearward viewing camera of the vehicle equipped with said accessory system, said rearward viewing camera having a rearward field of view external of the equipped vehicle, wherein said rearward viewing camera comprises one of a CMOS camera and a CCD camera;

    a forward viewing camera of the equipped vehicle, said forward viewing camera having a forward field of view external of the equipped vehicle, wherein said forward viewing camera comprises one of a CMOS camera and a CCD camera;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror reflective element with a minor reflector disposed at a surface thereof, and wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted in the interior cabin of the equipped vehicle on a windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    a video display screen disposed in the interior cabin of the equipped vehicle at a location within the equipped vehicle separate from the location of said interior rearview minor assembly;

    wherein said video display screen comprises a reconfigurable video display screen, wherein said video display screen is viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when the driver is normally operating the equipped vehicle, and wherein said video display screen is operable to display information for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, when the equipped vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver, said video display screen displays images captured by said rearward viewing camera to assist the driver in reversing the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said video display screen is operable to display other information and wherein said other information comprises at least one of (i) vehicle information, (ii) a vehicle instrument status, (iii) a vehicle function status, (iv) a fuel level status, (v) information relating to a speed of the equipped vehicle, (vi) tachometer information, (vii) a climate control setting status, (viii) GPS directional instructions, (ix) information relating to a global-positioning system, (x) a tire pressure status, (xi) a rain sensor status, (xii) compass information, (xiii) an engine coolant temperature status, (xiv) an oil pressure status, (xv) battery condition status, (xvi) telephone information, (xvii) telephone number information, (xviii) a page message, (xix) audio system information, (xx) an e-mail message, (xxi) a cellular phone operation status, (xxii) weather information, (xxiii) temperature information, (xxiv) highway status information, (xxv) a blind spot indicator, (xxvi) a hazard warning, (xxvii) traffic information, (xxviii) time, (xxix) a train approach warning, (xxx) a tollbooth transaction and (xxxi) a passenger airbag status; and

    wherein, during forward travel of the equipped vehicle and responsive to information pertaining to the location of the equipped vehicle and a route to a destination, said video display screen displays forward video images captured by said forward viewing camera and said video display screen displays a graphic overlay on the displayed forward video images, said graphic overlay at least one of (i) highlights a highway on/off ramp that the driver is to take to follow the route to the destination and (ii) highlights a building of the destination.

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