Cabin monitoring system for a vehicle

  • US 9,843,777 B2
  • Filed: 05/01/2017
  • Issued: 12/12/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A cabin monitoring system for a vehicle, said cabin monitoring system comprising:

  • a video display screen disposed in a cabin of a vehicle equipped with said cabin monitoring system so as to be viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle when the driver is driving the equipped vehicle;

    a camera assembly disposed at a ceiling of the cabin of the equipped vehicle, said camera assembly comprising a camera comprising an imager and a lens, said camera having a field of view that encompasses a rear seat area of the equipped vehicle;

    an illumination device operable to illuminate the rear seat area encompassed by the field of view of said camera;

    wherein said illumination device, when operated, illuminates the rear seat area and wherein said camera captures image data representative of the illuminated rear seat area; and

    wherein image data captured by said camera is provided to said video display screen for displaying video images for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle.

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