No assignee for this patent application has been made.
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to vehicle even data recording technology and more particularly, to a panoramic camera system for vehicle event data recorder, which has the characteristics of wear prevention and low maintenance cost.
"After years of technological evolution and by means of mass production, modern even data recorders are configured to have a more compact size and their cost has become more reasonable over the past years. An event data recorder is for use in a car to record information related to vehicle crashes or accidents. Information from the event data recorder can be collected after a crash and analyzed to help determine what the car was doing before, during and after the crash or event. An event data recorder for this purpose generally comprises a processor, multiple camera lenses for picking up images during steering of the car and providing obtained images to the processor for processing, and a data storage device for storing image data picked up by the camera lenses and processed by the processor, and a display screen for displaying images.
"An event data recorder uses different camera lenses of different resolutions at different angles or sides. Subject to a continuous renovation-evolution-improvement pathway towards the goal of perfection, a modern event data recorder, for example, Digital Video Record (DVR), can record audio and video in a digital format to a data storage device, allowing video capture and playback to and from a hard disk for remote monitoring and control. However, using any type of photographing equipment in a car for recording image data must install multiple camera lenses at different locations of the car.
"In order to enhance driving safety and to avoid image pickup dead angles, an event data recorder may use a panoramic camera system. A panoramic camera system includes front-facing camera lenses, rear-facing camera lenses and side-facing camera lenses respectively installed in the opposing front and rear sides and opposing left and right sides of a motor vehicle.
"The side-facing camera lenses of a panoramic camera system are normally installed in the left and right outside rear-view mirrors of a motor vehicle. FIG. 1 illustrates the installation of a conventional panoramic camera system in a car. According to this design, the panoramic camera system comprises a front-facing camera lens 11 and a rear-facing camera lens 12 respectively mounted at the opposing front and rear sides of the car 10, and two side-facing camera lenses 13;14 respectively mounted at the left and right outside rear-view mirrors 15;16 of the car 10. Because the left and right outside rear-view mirrors 15;16 respectively protrude over the left and right sides of the car 10, they may be hit and damaged accidentally by an external object. Simply replacing a damaged outside rear-view mirror is less expensive. However, it is complicated and quite expensive to replace a damaged outside rear-view mirror with an attached side-facing camera lens."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is main object of the present invention to provide a panoramic camera system for vehicle event data recorder, which has the characteristics of wear prevention and low maintenance cost.
"It is another object of the present invention to provide a panoramic camera system for vehicle event data recorder, which has each side-facing camera lens be well protected in one respective steering lamp of the car carrying the vehicle event data recorder, avoiding impact damage.
"It is another object of the present invention to provide a panoramic camera system for vehicle event data recorder, which facilitates replacement of each individual camera lens.
"To achieve these and other objects of the present invention, a panoramic camera system is used in a vehicle event data recorder in a car, comprising front-facing and rear-facing camera lenses respectively installed in opposing front and rear sides of the and electrically connected to the vehicle event data recorder, and a side-facing camera lens mounted inside each of opposing left and right steering lamps of the car and electrically connected to the vehicle event data recorder.
"Further, each side-facing camera lens is mounted inside the housing of the respective steering lamp of the car and protected by the glass lamp cover of the respective steering lamp.
"Other advantages and features of the present invention will be fully understood by reference to the following specification in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like reference signs denote like components of structure.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 is a schematic drawing illustrating the mounting arrangement of a panoramic camera system of a vehicle event data recorder in a car according to the prior art.
"FIG. 2 is a schematic drawing illustrating the mounting arrangement of a panoramic camera system of a vehicle event data recorder in a car according to the present invention.
"FIG. 3 is a schematic top view of FIG. 2."
For additional information on this patent application, see: CHEN, Shih-Yao. Panogramic Camera System for Vehicle Event Data Recorder. Filed
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