Vehicular control system

  • US 9,824,285 B2
  • Filed: 01/26/2017
  • Issued: 11/21/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A control system for a vehicle, said control system comprising:

  • a forward-viewing camera that is disposed behind a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said control system so as to view at least forwardly of the equipped vehicle through the windshield;

    an image processor operable to process image data captured by said forward-viewing camera;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward-viewing camera, said control system is operable to detect a traffic light;

    wherein said control system is operable to determine a change in state of the traffic light from red to green;

    wherein said control system is operable to determine that the equipped vehicle is stopped;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward-viewing camera, said control system determines that the equipped vehicle is stopped at a red traffic light;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward-viewing camera, said control system determines that another vehicle is ahead of the equipped vehicle at the traffic light;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward-viewing camera, said control system determines a change in state of the traffic light from red to green;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward-viewing camera, said control system determines that the other vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle is moving; and

    wherein, responsive to at least one of (a) a threshold period of time elapsing during which the other vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle has not moved after the traffic light changes state from red to green and (b) the other vehicle ahead of the equipped vehicle moving a threshold distance away from the equipped vehicle, said control system is operable to at least one of (i) generate an alert and (ii) control a vehicle system of the equipped vehicle.

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