Camera for vehicular applications

  • US 9,992,392 B2
  • Filed: 06/13/2016
  • Issued: 06/05/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/16/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular camera assembly for a vision system of a vehicle, said vehicular camera assembly comprising:

  • a front housing member;

    a lens assembly;

    wherein said lens assembly comprises at least one optical element;

    a circuit board having a first side and an opposing second side;

    an imaging element disposed on said first side of said circuit board;

    a plurality of electrical connectors disposed on said second side of said circuit board;

    said front housing member comprising a lens assembly receiving portion and a circuit board attachment portion;

    wherein said circuit board attachment portion of said front housing member has a generally rectangular shape and wherein said lens assembly receiving portion is coextensive with said circuit board attachment portion and extends outward therefrom with a cylindrical shape;

    wherein at least a portion of said lens assembly is cylindrically shaped;

    wherein said lens assembly receiving portion of said front housing member comprises an aperture dimensioned to receive said at least a portion of said lens assembly that is cylindrically shaped;

    wherein said lens assembly receiving portion of said front housing member is threaded and wherein said at least a portion of said lens assembly that is cylindrically shaped is threaded, and wherein, when being received at said lens assembly receiving portion of said front housing member, said lens assembly threads into said front housing member;

    wherein said circuit board attachment portion of said front housing member is configured for attachment of said circuit board thereat;

    wherein, with said circuit board attached at said front housing member, said first side of said circuit board with said imaging element disposed thereon is closer to said lens assembly than said second side of said circuit board with said plurality of electrical connectors disposed thereon;

    wherein, with said circuit board attached at said front housing member and with said lens assembly received at said lens assembly receiving portion of said front housing member, said lens assembly and said imaging element are distanced from one another, and wherein images are focused on said imaging element by said at least one optical element of said lens assembly;

    wherein a bonding agent bonds said lens assembly to said front housing member;

    a rear housing member;

    wherein said front housing member and said rear housing member are configured to be attached together; and

    wherein, with said front and rear housing members attached together, outer walls of said front and rear housing members enclose said circuit board.

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