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Patent US9580014


Issued 2017-02-28

System, Apparatus, And Method Of Detecting And Displaying Obstacles And Data Associated With The Obstacles

A method of detecting and displaying the obstacles and data related to obstacles on a digital display starts with a detection processing unit receiving a digital video input signal from a first camera and depth data from a second camera. Digital input video input signal may include images of an area surrounding the vehicle. Digital video input signal may be analyzed to determine whether an obstacle is present in the area. When an obstacle is detected, the depth data may be analyzed to obtain a distance associated with the obstacle. Digital video output may be generated that includes the digital video input signal and a display of the distance associated with the obstacle. The display of the distance may be overlaid on the display of the obstacle. Digital video output may then be transmitted to the display device to be displayed to the user. Other embodiments are also described.


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3 Independent Claims

  • Independent Claim 1. A method of detecting obstacles surrounding a vehicle and displaying the obstacles and data related to the obstacles on a digital display inside the vehicle, the methodcomprising: receiving by a processor of a detection processing unit a digital video input signal from a first camera and depth data from a second camera, wherein the digital input video input signal includes images of an area surrounding the vehicleanalyzing by the processor the digital video input signal to determine whether at least one obstacle is present in the area surrounding the vehicleand when the at least one obstacle is detected, analyzing by the processor the depth data to obtain adistance associated with the at least one obstacle, generating by the processor a digital video output including the digital video input signal and a display of the distance associated with the at least one obstacle overlaid on the obstacle in thedigital video input signal, and transmitting by the processor the digital video output to the display device, and when a plurality of obstacles is detected, generating by the processor a list prioritizing the plurality of obstacles based on at least oneof: (i) an identification of the at least one obstacle, (ii) the distance associated with the at least one obstacle, and (iii) a calculated time the at least one obstacle will enter a blind spot.

  • Independent Claim 11. A system of detecting obstacles surrounding a vehicle and displaying the obstacles and data related to the obstacles, the system comprising: an infrared light source to generate an infrared lighta first camera to generate a digital videoinput signal that includes images of an area surrounding the vehiclea second camera to generate depth data, a detection processing unit coupled to the first and second cameras, the object detection processing unit including: a processor, a storagedevice including instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to: analyze the digital video input signal to determine whether at least one obstacle is present in the area surrounding the vehicle, when the at least one obstacleis detected, (i) analyze the depth data to obtain a distance associated with the at least one obstacle, wherein the depth data generated by the second camera is associated with the at least one obstacle in the area surrounding the vehicle, wherein thedepth data is a video image of the infrared (IR) light on at least one obstacle in the area surrounding the vehicle, and (ii) generate a digital video output including the digital video input signal and a display of the distance associated with the atleast one obstacle overlaid on the obstacle in the digital video input signal, and when a plurality of obstacles is detected, a list prioritizing the plurality of obstacles based on at least one of: (i) an identification of the at least one obstacle,(ii) the distance associated with the at least one obstacle, and (iii) a calculated time the at least one obstacle will enter a blind spot, and a communication interface to (i) receive the digital video input signal from the first camera and the depthdata from the second camera, and (ii) transmit the digital video outputand a digital display to display the digital video output received from the communication interface of the detection processing unit.

  • Independent Claim 13. An apparatus for detecting obstacles surrounding a vehicle and displaying the obstacles and data related to the obstacles, the apparatus comprising: a processor, a communication interface coupled to the processor to receive a digital videoinput signal from a first camera and depth data from a second cameraand a storage device including instructions which, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to: analyze the digital video input signal to determine whether at least oneobstacle is present in the area surrounding the vehicle, when the at least one obstacle is detected, (i) analyze the depth data to obtain a distance associated with the at least one obstacle, wherein the depth data generated by the second camera isassociated with the at least one obstacle in the area surrounding the vehicle, wherein the depth data is a video image of the infrared (IR) light on at least one obstacle in the area surrounding the vehicle, and (ii) generate a digital video outputincluding the digital video input signal and a display of the distance associated with the at least one obstacle overlaid on the obstacle in the digital video input signal, and (iii) transmit the digital video output to a digital device via thecommunication interface, when a plurality of obstacles is detected, a list prioritizing the plurality of obstacles based on at least one of: (i) an identification of the at least one obstacle, (ii) the distance associated with the at least one obstacle,and (iii) a calculated time the at least one obstacle will enter a blind spot.