Vision system for vehicle

  • US 9,948,904 B2
  • Filed: 08/14/2017
  • Issued: 04/17/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:

  • a forward viewing camera disposed at a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said vision system;

    wherein said forward viewing camera views forward through the windshield of the equipped vehicle and is operable to capture image data;

    said forward viewing camera comprising an imaging array sensor and a lens;

    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, at least one road characteristic of a road along which the equipped vehicle is travelling is detected;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, other vehicles exterior the equipped vehicle are detected;

    wherein, responsive at least in part to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera, road curvature of the road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling is determined;

    wherein data derived from image data captured by said forward viewing camera is wirelessly communicated from the equipped vehicle to a remote data receiver located remote from the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein the road along which the equipped vehicle is traveling comprises a freeway, and wherein, responsive at least in pert to processing by said image processor of image data captured by said forward viewing camera detecting an exit sign announcing an exit ramp ahead off the freeway the equipped vehicle is traveling on, at least one of (i) speed of the equipped vehicle and (i) acceleration of the equipped vehicle is adjusted so that the equipped vehicle enters the exit ramp at a safe speed.

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