Vehicular accessory system

  • US 9,718,357 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2015
  • Issued: 08/01/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicular accessory system, said vehicular accessory system comprising:

  • an attachment element adhered at an interior surface of a windshield of a vehicle;

    an accessory assembly comprising a housing;

    said accessory assembly attached to said attachment element;

    said accessory assembly comprising structure used in attaching said accessory assembly to said attachment element;

    wherein said accessory assembly comprises circuitry disposed in said housing, said circuitry comprising a video camera;

    wherein said video camera, when said accessory assembly is attached to said attachment element, has a field of view into the interior of the vehicle;

    wherein said field of view of said video camera into the interior of the vehicle encompasses the head of a potential driver of the vehicle;

    wherein said video camera captures an image of the face of the potential driver;

    wherein, responsive to image processing by image recognition software of said vehicular accessory system, said vehicular accessory system determines that the potential driver is an authorized driver who is authorized to operate the vehicle and, responsive to this determination, enables the ignition system to allow the motor of the vehicle be started; and

    wherein said video camera monitors the authorized driver while the authorized driver is driving the vehicle, and wherein, responsive at least in part thereto, said system determines whether the authorized driver is becoming drowsy/falling asleep.

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