Vehicle vision system with camera module mounting bracket

  • US 9,487,159 B2
  • Filed: 04/01/2014
  • Issued: 11/08/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/02/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicle vision system comprising:

  • a bracket, wherein said bracket comprises a base portion configured to attach at an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vision system;

    wherein said bracket includes a camera module attachment portion and at least one of (i) a rain sensor attachment portion and (ii) an interior rearview mirror assembly attachment portion;

    wherein said camera module attachment portion of said bracket comprises a generally U-shaped construction having a pair of spaced apart legs extending from said base portion, and wherein each of said legs has at least one camera attaching element;

    wherein, with said bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield, said spaced apart legs of said camera module attachment portion of said bracket extend downwardly from said base portion and along the in-cabin surface of the windshield;

    wherein, with said bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield, a camera module is mountable to said camera module attachment portion of said bracket, and wherein said camera module comprises a camera having an image sensor array and a lens;

    wherein, with said camera module mounted to said camera module attachment portion, said camera module is disposed at least partially between said legs of said camera module attachment portion of said bracket, and wherein said camera module comprises a pair of bracket attaching elements that engage said camera attaching elements of said legs of said camera module attachment portion of said bracket when said camera module is mounted to said camera module attachment portion of said bracket;

    a stray light shield configured to attach at one of said camera module and said bracket, wherein, when said camera module is mounted at said camera module attachment portion of said bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield, said stray light shield shields said image sensor array from light emanating from within the cabin of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, at least when said camera module is mounted at said camera module attachment portion of said bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the windshield, said stray light shield is disposed at said camera module and said lens views through the windshield of the equipped vehicle via a pocket of said stray light shield.

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