Rearview vision system for vehicle

  • US 9,815,409 B2
  • Filed: 05/08/2014
  • Issued: 11/14/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/09/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview vision system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a front portion, a driver side portion, a passenger side portion and a rear portion, the driver side portion having at least one driver side entrance door and the passenger side portion having at least one passenger side entrance door, said rearview vision system comprising:

  • a camera module disposed at a side portion of the vehicle, the side portion comprising one of the driver side portion of the vehicle and the passenger side portion of the vehicle;

    wherein said camera module comprises a reflective element disposed at least partially exterior of the vehicle body at the side portion of the vehicle;

    wherein said camera module comprises a camera disposed at or near said reflective element and having a field of view that encompasses at least a portion of said reflective element, and wherein said camera is disposed at least partially interior of the vehicle body of the side portion of the vehicle;

    wherein said reflective element comprises a curved surface viewed by said camera to provide a wide angle field of view of the area sideward and rearward of the vehicle;

    a display device that is viewable by a driver of the vehicle when normally operating the vehicle;

    wherein said camera and said reflective element are disposed at the side portion of the vehicle so that images of the exterior scene occurring to the side and rear of the vehicle are reflected off of said reflective element and wherein image data representative of the reflected images is captured by said camera; and

    wherein said display device displays images derived from the captured image data representative of the reflected images so as to provide a sideward and rearward field of view to the driver when the driver is viewing said display device.

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