Forward facing imaging system

  • US 9,827,918 B2
  • Filed: 01/19/2012
  • Issued: 11/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A forward facing imaging system for a vehicle, said forward facing imaging system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said forward facing imaging system;

    a camera disposed at said interior rearview mirror assembly, said camera having a forward field of view through a windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said camera captures image data and wherein the image data captured by said camera is recorded by a recording system;

    wherein, during operation of the equipped vehicle, said recording system records the image data, as it is captured by said camera over a given period of operation of the equipped vehicle, in a closed-loop fashion onto electronic memory;

    wherein the image data captured by said camera is processed by an image processor in order to determine a presence of at least one object forward of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein the image data captured by said camera and vehicle information are transmitted to a remote receiver via a telematics system; and

    wherein, responsive to a signal indicative of a collision involving the equipped vehicle, the remote receiver is operable to determine a number of occupants in the equipped vehicle and to notify emergency personnel of the number of occupants in the equipped vehicle.

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