Accessory system for a vehicle

  • US 9,783,125 B2
  • Filed: 03/31/2014
  • Issued: 10/10/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/31/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • an accessory disposed at and behind a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    wherein said accessory comprises a forward facing camera, said forward facing camera viewing forward of the equipped vehicle through the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    a control;

    wherein said control comprises digital circuitry and a microprocessor;

    wherein said control controls at least said forward facing camera;

    wherein said control comprises a bus interface that connects with a vehicle network of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said control sends data via said vehicle network of the equipped vehicle and receives data via said vehicle network of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said vehicle network comprises a controlled area network;

    wherein said control connects with said vehicle network via at least one of (i) a cable connection and (ii) a fiber-optic connection; and

    wherein said control communicates with a global positioning system of the equipped vehicle over said vehicle network.

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