JP2009194938A - Vehicle image processor - Google Patents

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JP2009194938A
JP2009194938A JP2009132562A JP2009132562A JP2009194938A JP 2009194938 A JP2009194938 A JP 2009194938A JP 2009132562 A JP2009132562 A JP 2009132562A JP 2009132562 A JP2009132562 A JP 2009132562A JP 2009194938 A JP2009194938 A JP 2009194938A
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Toshihiro Mori
Atsushi Sato
敦 佐藤
俊宏 森
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An image of a blind spot area around a vehicle is provided to reduce anxiety about the blind spot.
When a viewpoint image B0 is acquired by a driver viewpoint camera provided near the driver's viewpoint position, and an image A0 taken by a blind spot camera provided outside the vehicle body is photographed by the driver viewpoint camera. A converted external image A2 converted based on this image is generated, and a visual recognition area image B1 obtained by removing the blind spot area from the viewpoint image B0 is generated. The converted external image A2 is synthesized with the visual recognition area image B1 to obtain a synthesized image that compensates for the blind spot area. Further, a vehicle outline 6 symbolizing the vehicle shape is synthesized with the obtained synthesized image.
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The present invention relates to a vehicle image processing apparatus, and more particularly to a vehicle image processing apparatus that generates an image to be displayed to a driver.

When the driver operates the vehicle, there is a blind spot that is obstructed by the body of the car and the like that can be recognized from the viewpoint of the driver sitting in the driver's seat. Such a blind spot can be recognized to some extent by a room mirror, a side mirror, or the like. Recently, there has also been proposed a vehicle that is equipped with a camera that displays the outside of the vehicle and displays an image acquired by the camera on a monitor in the vehicle. For example, a camera that projects the rear of the vehicle is mounted, and when the vehicle moves backward, the rear blind spot is displayed on the in-car monitor, and assists in confirming the rear when entering a garage or the like. Further, the following patent documents describe what displays an image oriented in accordance with the driver's vision.

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On the other hand, when a driver operates a vehicle in which the surroundings of the vehicle cannot be recognized by a conventional camera image or the like, an external obstacle entering the field of view and the interior scenery (window frame or trunk contours) entering the field of view simultaneously. From the above, the driver senses how much the relative position and distance between the external obstacle and the vehicle are.

However, since the conventional camera image display displays the image displayed on the camera as it is on the monitor, the image displayed on the monitor is different from the image shown to the naked eye of the driver. This is because the size of the obstacle that can be grasped by the naked eye is different from the size of the obstacle displayed on the monitor.
In other words, with conventional monitor images, it has been difficult for a driver who has conventionally sensed a sense of distance to grasp the positional relationship between the vehicle and the surrounding objects based on the sense that he has worn. there were.

It is an object of the present invention to make it easier for the driver to grasp the positional relationship between the vehicle and surrounding obstacles through the image by generating a captured image that is close to the driver's senses.

The present invention for solving the above problems has the following configuration.
(1) first imaging means for acquiring an image outside the vehicle;
Second imaging means for acquiring an image outside the vehicle different from the first imaging means;
A vehicle image processing apparatus comprising: an image processing unit that processes an image acquired by the first imaging unit based on an object in the image acquired by the second imaging unit.

(2) The first imaging means is arranged outside the vehicle, acquires an image outside the vehicle from the outside of the vehicle,
The vehicle image processing apparatus according to (1), wherein the second imaging unit is disposed inside the vehicle and acquires an image outside the vehicle from the inside of the vehicle.

(3) The image processing unit processes the image acquired by the first imaging unit based on a common object from the image acquired by the first imaging unit and the image acquired by the second imaging unit. The vehicle image processing device according to (1) or (2), characterized in that:

(4) The image processing unit sets a feature area from the image acquired by the first imaging unit and the image acquired by the second imaging unit, and based on a common object from the images of the feature area. The vehicle image processing device according to (1) or (2), wherein the image acquired by the first imaging unit is processed.

(5) In the above (3) or (4), the image processing unit performs image conversion on the image acquired by the first imaging unit so that the common objects have the same size. Vehicle image processing apparatus.

(6) The image processing means generates a composite image by performing image composition processing on the image acquired by the first imaging means and the image acquired by the second imaging means after image conversion. 3) The vehicle image processing device according to any one of (5).

According to the first aspect of the present invention, since the other image is image-processed by the object in one of the images acquired from the two imaging means, the positional relationship between the vehicle and the surrounding obstacle is determined. A captured image that is easy for the driver to grasp can be generated.
According to the second aspect of the present invention, since an image captured outside the vehicle is obtained as an image from the inside of the vehicle, an image approximating the scenery entering the field of view is obtained, and the vehicle and external obstacles during vehicle operation are obtained. It becomes easy to grasp the positional relationship with the object.

According to the third aspect of the invention, the image acquired by the first imaging unit is processed based on a common object from the images acquired by the first imaging unit and the image acquired by the second imaging unit. Therefore, it becomes easier to grasp the positional relationship between the vehicle and the external obstacle when operating the vehicle.
According to the fourth aspect of the present invention, the feature area is set from the images acquired by the first image pickup means and the image acquired by the second image pickup means, and the common object is selected from the images of the feature areas. Since the image acquired by the first imaging means is processed based on the above, it becomes easier to grasp the positional relationship between the vehicle and the external obstacle during the vehicle operation.

According to the fifth aspect of the present invention, since the image acquired by the first imaging means is image-converted so that the common objects have the same size, the position of the vehicle and the external obstacle during the vehicle operation It becomes easier to understand the relationship.
According to the sixth aspect of the present invention, since the image acquired by the first image pickup unit after image conversion and the image acquired by the second image pickup unit are subjected to image composition processing to generate a composite image, It is even easier to grasp the positional relationship between the vehicle and the external obstacle.

It is a block diagram which shows the structure of the image processing apparatus of this invention. It is a side view of the vehicle carrying the image processing apparatus of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the effect | action of the image processing apparatus of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the effect | action of the image processing apparatus of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the effect | action of the image processing apparatus of this invention. It is a flowchart which shows the procedure of an image process. It is a top view which shows the visual field of the camera using a wide angle lens camera. It is a schematic diagram which shows the structure of a distance detection means. It is a figure which shows the screen where two light spots appeared. It is a figure which shows the screen where two light spots appeared. It is a figure which shows the screen where two light spots appeared. It is a whole top view of a vehicle showing the arrangement position of a distance detection means. It is a figure which shows the screen where two light spots appeared.

DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, preferred embodiments of the invention will be described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings. FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing a configuration of an image processing apparatus 1 according to the present invention. The image processing apparatus 1 includes an arithmetic processing unit 12 that performs image processing, a blind spot camera 13a as a first imaging unit, a driver viewpoint camera 13b as a second imaging unit, and a display unit that displays an image. An image display device 14, a current position detection device 15, and a storage device 16 as image storage means are provided, and these devices are connected to each other via a system bus 17.

The blind spot camera 13a uses a wide-angle lens, and a fisheye lens is used in this embodiment. The blind spot camera 13a is provided outside the vehicle, for example, and is attached toward the traveling direction of the vehicle. In the case of a camera that acquires an image of the rear part of the vehicle when going backward, for example, in the center part of the rear trunk or a hatchback type vehicle, it can be attached to the rear window toward the outside. In this embodiment, it is arranged at the center position of the rear trunk. In addition, the driver viewpoint camera 13b is provided, for example, in a car, and is attached to the driver's viewpoint position. In this embodiment, it is arrange | positioned in the attachment position of a rearview mirror.

The blind spot camera 13a and the driver viewpoint camera 13b are connected to the system bus 17 via A / D converters 131a and 131b, respectively. The image signals output from the blind spot cameras 13a and 13b are converted into digital signals by the A / D converters 131a and 131b, respectively. Further, when the connected blind spot camera 13a and driver viewpoint camera 13b can output digital signals, the A / D converters 131a and 131b are not necessary. The blind spot camera 13a and the driver viewpoint camera 13b include those arranged toward the front of the vehicle and those arranged toward the rear of the vehicle. In the following description, a blind spot camera 13a and a driver viewpoint camera 13b that are used when moving to the rear where the field of view is most limited will be described as an example.

The current position detection device 15 includes a steering angle sensor 151, a vehicle speed sensor 152, a GPS reception device 153, an orientation sensor 154, and a distance sensor 155. The steering angle sensor 151 detects the steering angle of the vehicle. The steering angle is obtained by detecting the rotation angle of the steering wheel or the angle of the front wheel. The vehicle speed sensor 152 detects the traveling speed of the vehicle. The traveling speed is also detected when the vehicle is moved backward. The GPS receiver 153 detects the absolute position of the vehicle. The direction sensor 154 detects the direction of the vehicle. The distance sensor 155 detects the moving distance of the vehicle. The travel distance of the vehicle can be obtained by the various sensors described above. That is, the moving distance can be detected by the distance sensor 155. Further, the travel distance can be detected based on the vehicle speed and time detected by the vehicle speed sensor 152. Further, the moving distance can be detected from the locus of the position detected by the GPS receiver 153. Further, when the direction of the vehicle changes, the travel distance and the direction of the vehicle can be detected more accurately by the steering angle sensor 151, the direction sensor 154, the distance sensor 155, or the vehicle speed sensor 152.

The storage device 16 is a device for storing images captured by the blind spot camera 13a and the driver viewpoint camera 13b. Images output from the blind spot camera 13a and the driver viewpoint camera 13b are continuously stored, and the first imaging unit is used. Are generated from the external image data memory 162 in which the image acquired by the blind spot camera 13a is stored, the viewpoint image data memory 161 in which the viewpoint image acquired by the driver viewpoint camera 13b is stored, and the viewpoint image and image data memory 162. And a synthesized image data memory 163 in which an image obtained by synthesizing the converted external image is stored.

The image display device 14 is composed of a liquid crystal display, for example, and displays a composite image stored in the composite image data memory 163. Data sent to the image display device 14 is converted into an analog signal via the D / A converter 141. Further, when the image display device 14 can input a digital signal, the D / A converter is not necessary.

The arithmetic processing unit 12 includes a central processing unit [CPU (Central Processing Unit)] 121, a read-only memory [ROM] 122, and a random access memory [RAM] 123. The central processing unit 121 acquires information on the moving distance and the vehicle direction obtained from the current position detection device 15, acquires viewpoint image data and external image data from the storage device 16, and uses these data. Various arithmetic processes such as generation of composite image data are performed.
The ROM 122 stores, for example, software for the central processing unit 121 to perform image processing, image data of the outline of the vehicle body, and the like, and the RAM 123 is used as a working area, for example.

The image processing apparatus of the present invention operates as follows. FIG. 2 is an overall side view of a vehicle 21 equipped with the image processing apparatus of the present invention. The driver viewpoint camera 13b as the second image pickup means for projecting the rear of the vehicle is disposed in the vehicle, and a scene behind the vehicle is projected on a part of the screen through, for example, a back window. (Visible region a). In the other area on the screen, the interior of the vehicle is displayed, and the back seat and other interiors are displayed on the screen. The portion in which the interior of the vehicle is projected becomes a blind spot. For example, a region close to the vehicle behind the vehicle, a region close to the left and right side surfaces of the rear of the vehicle, and the like are blind spots hidden by the vehicle body.

On the other hand, an image behind the vehicle 21 is displayed on the blind spot camera 13a which is the first imaging means. In this image, the scenery behind the vehicle is displayed (area b), including the image in the blind spot area in the image (viewpoint image) projected by the driver viewpoint camera 13b. For example, a region close to the vehicle behind the vehicle, a region close to the left and right side surfaces of the rear of the vehicle, and the like, and an object in the viewable region displayed in the viewpoint image is captured in the image (that is, the region b is Region a). However, since the blind spot camera 13a is not provided at the viewpoint position of the driver, the external image is different from an image that can be recognized from the viewpoint position of the driver.

The external image is image-processed into an image when the imaging position is the viewpoint position (position of the driver viewpoint camera 13b), and the processed image is combined with the image (viewpoint image) of the driver viewpoint camera 13b. Fill the blind spot area with external images. Thereby, an image at the viewpoint position of the driver without a blind spot area is obtained.

The installation position of the driver viewpoint camera 13b is most preferably the position of the driver's viewpoint, but may be a position close to the position of this viewpoint. For example, in addition to the position of the rearview mirror, the vicinity of the center of the dashboard, the position of the shoulder of the seat, etc. When no camera is installed at the viewpoint position, viewpoint conversion processing may be performed based on vehicle body data stored in advance to process the image as viewed from the viewpoint position.

The operation of the image processing apparatus 1 of the present invention configured as described above will be described. 3, 4, and 5 are flowcharts showing the operation of the arithmetic processing unit 12.
The power switch is turned on by turning on the ignition switch (step S100). In addition, the switch-on may be triggered when the shift change lever is set to the D position and to the rear position when the rearward image is displayed.

Next, initialization processing is performed (step S101). Specifically, the data stored in the storage device 16 is searched so that image data or the like can be written to the storage area, and if there is no storable area, the next acquired data can be overwritten. In addition, referring to the distance and time stored together with the image data, it prepares to write data such as deleting data that will not be used in the future. For example, a variable for monitoring a set value for determining whether to update the stored data of the image stored in the viewpoint image data memory 161, the external image data memory 162, or the like is initialized.

Next, it is determined whether or not the vehicle speed exceeds a predetermined set speed (step S102). Since this embodiment is used for recognizing the periphery of the vehicle, it is used for the purpose of width adjustment, garage storage, and the like, and when the speed is high, it is determined that it is not necessary. Therefore, if the set speed is exceeded, step S102 is repeated again. This set speed may be changed as necessary. If not, it is determined that image processing is necessary, and in order to perform image processing, the process proceeds to the next step, and an in-vehicle image processing routine (step S103) is started.

FIG. 4 is a flowchart showing an in-vehicle image processing routine. FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing the procedure of image processing. Hereinafter, the contents of image processing will be described based on this diagram.
In the in-vehicle image processing routine (step S103), a viewpoint image projected from the viewpoint position is acquired by the driver viewpoint camera 13b (step S201).

The acquired image is temporarily stored in the viewpoint image data memory 161 (step S204). The viewpoint image B0 is read out from the viewpoint image data memory 161, and the blind spot area, that is, the part in which the inside of the vehicle is reflected is cut out from the image to generate the visual recognition area image B1 (step S205). This step S205 constitutes an image extraction means. In this cut-out process, first, a process (contour extraction step) is performed to extract the contour of the part in the car that is shown from the original viewpoint image acquired first. A known image processing method can be used as the contour detection method. For example, a contour enhancement process can be performed by a Sobel filter process or a Laplacian filter process to extract only the contour line. Then, by using the extracted outline as a boundary line, a portion where the outside of the vehicle is shown is extracted, or a portion where the inside of the vehicle is shown is deleted, so that the blind spot area can be cut out. This contour extraction step constitutes a contour line detecting means.

Following the vehicle interior image processing routine (step S103), the vehicle exterior image processing routine (step S104) is started. FIG. 5 is a flowchart showing a vehicle exterior image processing routine.
In the outside image processing routine (step S104), an external image projected by the blind spot camera 13a is acquired (step S301).

The acquired image is temporarily stored in the external image data memory 162 (step S304). The image A0 is read from the external image data memory 162 and image processing is performed. When the blind spot camera 13a uses a fisheye lens, the image A0 is a fisheye image. Therefore, an image location a0 to be used later is cut out from the image A0, and a normal image conversion process is performed on the cut out image a0. (Step S305) to obtain an image A1. Next, since the blind spot camera 13a is not capturing an image at the driver's viewpoint position, the blind spot camera 13a performs a process of converting the imaging position to the driver's viewpoint position (step S306). First, affine transformation processing is performed to match the height of the imaging position.

Second, the size of the image A1 is adjusted by a predetermined magnification so as to match the size of the image obtained by the driver viewpoint camera 13b to obtain a converted external image A2. Specifically, a feature area is set for each of the image B1 and the image A1. In this area, a region in which changes in brightness, color, etc. in the image are remarkable and the target is easy to specify is selected. The image set in the feature area requires that the image A1 and the image B1 each capture the same object. Then, the image conversion (the image A1 is enlarged or reduced) is performed so that the size of the object displayed in the feature area becomes the same. The imaging position converting means is configured by step S104 described above.

When the processing for the internal image and the external image (steps S103 and S104) is completed, an image composition process (step S105) is performed. This superimposes the image B1 generated in step S103 and the image A2 generated in step S104 to generate a composite image B1 + A2. As a result, the external image A2 is added to the blind spot area of the viewpoint image B1, and an image as if the outside is seen through the vehicle body is generated. This step S105 constitutes an image composition means.

Further, the contour 6 is added to the generated composite image B1 + A2, and the final composite image AB to be displayed is generated (step S106). The generated composite image AB is stored in the composite image data memory 163. By this step S106, an outline image composition means is configured.
The contour line 6 may be any contour line symbolizing the vehicle body. For example, at least one of the shape of the vehicle body, bumper, light, wiper, instrument panel, handle, mirror, tire, seat, and window may be used. Contour line to include.

In particular, it may be an outline of a part located on the outermost side of the vehicle body, or an outline of a part that is always visually recognized simultaneously with the external scenery when the driver looks at the outside of the vehicle body. The parts located on the outermost side of the car body include the car body, bumpers, lights, tires, side mirrors, etc. The parts that are recognized simultaneously in the field of view are the wiper, instrument panel, handle, rearview mirror, seat, window And the like. By synthesizing the contour line of the part located on the outermost side of the vehicle body, there is an effect that it becomes easy to grasp the distance between the vehicle body and the external obstacle. Also, by synthesizing the contour line of the part recognized by the field of view, an image that approximates the field of view when operating by recognizing with the naked eye can be obtained, so the driver can recognize the external obstacle with the same sensation as previously learned It is possible to grasp the positional relationship with the vehicle.

The contour line data is created based on the vehicle body data on which the device of the present invention is installed, and is stored in advance in the storage device 16 or the ROM 122. Alternatively, the contour line extracted in step S205 may be synthesized. In this case, since the actual state of the vehicle body is displayed in the image, the relationship between the external situation in the image and the vehicle body can be grasped more realistically. For example, when moving backward, a figurine placed on the dashboard of the rear window is displayed on the image and can be brought close to the image actually seen with the naked eye. In addition, the configuration is not limited to the configuration in which only the contour line is combined, and the image portion (the image of the portion that generates the blind spot) reflected in the vehicle body or the interior of the vehicle may be combined to be translucent.

Next, the final composite image AB is output to the image display device (step S109).
It is determined whether there is a chance to end the system (step S110). For example, when the image processing apparatus of the present invention is switched off or the display of the image apparatus 14 is switched, the system is stopped. Therefore, in the case of Yes in step S110, this image processing flowchart ends (step S113).

If there is no opportunity to end the system (step S110: No), it is determined whether the variable initialized in step S101 exceeds the set value (step S111). This variable represents the distance, time, remaining memory, etc.When these values reach a preset value, it returns to the position where data writing was started and old data is deleted. It is rewritten with new image data (step S112). Here, the process returns to step S101, and the variable for monitoring the set value is initialized. If the variable does not exceed the set value in step S111, the process returns to step S102.

According to the present embodiment described above, when the outside of the vehicle is viewed from the viewpoint position, an image that is close to the image that appears visually can be obtained. Steering is easy. In addition, since the area that cannot be recognized behind the vehicle is also displayed in the image, it is easier to recognize the surroundings of the vehicle. Furthermore, since the contour line symbolizing the position and size of the vehicle is simultaneously displayed on the screen, it is easy to grasp the distance and positional relationship between the obstacles around the vehicle and the vehicle, and the driving operation is further facilitated.

In addition to the configuration described above, an image A2 obtained by viewpoint-converting an external image may be used as a display image, and a contour line 6 may be combined with the image A2. In other words, the external image converted to the viewpoint position by the imaging position converting unit can be displayed as it is on the display unit. In this case, step S103 and step S105 are omitted. Further, since the image synthesizing process becomes unnecessary, the arithmetic processing of the arithmetic processing unit 12 is reduced. The operation described above is an example in the case where the vehicle moves backward, but the same operation is performed even when the vehicle moves forward.

Next, the driver viewpoint camera 13b may also use a wide-angle lens. By using a wide-angle lens, even when the vehicle turns, it is not limited to acquiring images only in a single fixed direction such as forward and rearward, but the steering angle and front wheel steering If an angle is detected, an image region corresponding to the angle in the steering direction is extracted, and image processing is performed, an image that matches the visual image of the driver can be displayed. Further, as shown in FIG. 7, blind spots cameras 18c and 18d are also provided on the side of the vehicle, with the blind spot camera 18b provided at the front and the blind spot camera 18a provided at the rear, centering on the vehicle. It can also be set as the structure which acquires the image of all the circumferences. In this case, the driver's viewpoint camera 13b also uses a fish-eye lens that acquires an image of the entire periphery, and is attached to, for example, a ceiling portion in the center of the vehicle or a ceiling portion located directly above the seat on which the driver gets.

The vehicle body is provided with a distance detection means such as a distance measuring sensor that measures the distance between the external obstacle and the vehicle body using ultrasonic waves, and the composite image is displayed and the distance to the external obstacle is measured. This is preferable because it makes it easier to grasp the sense of distance. For example, when the distance from the obstacle detected by the ultrasonic sensor is equal to or less than a predetermined distance, an alarm is issued as an auditory signal or the screen is displayed in a red silhouette as a visual signal. can do.

An example of the distance detection means as described above will be shown. FIG. 8 is a schematic diagram showing the configuration of the distance detection means. The distance detection means detects the distance from the obstacle in the direction in which the blind spot camera 13a is directed, and is provided in the vicinity of the blind spot camera 13a. The distance detecting unit 3 includes two light projecting units 31 and 32. The light projecting means irradiates light of different colors in a specific direction, and the irradiated light has directivity (light rays) in a predetermined direction. In this embodiment, a light emitting diode is used as the light source of the light projecting means, and the colors of the light source are blue and red, respectively. The light beams emitted from the two light projecting means 31 and 32 are attached so as to incline in the direction in which the other party is located so as to intersect at a predetermined distance L from the light source. The direction in which the light beam is tilted is tilted up and down, and as shown in FIG. 8, when the light beam hits the obstacle, the portion hit by the light beam is projected as a light spot on the surface of the obstacle, Is displayed. In this embodiment, the light projecting means 32 having a red light source is disposed on the lower side, the light projecting means 31 having a blue light source is disposed on the upper side, and the light projecting means 32 emits light rays obliquely upward. The light means 31 irradiates light rays obliquely downward.

9 to 11 are diagrams of screens on which the light spots 30a and 30b appear. As shown in FIG. 9, when the distance X from the vehicle to the obstacle is larger than L (X> L), the red light spot 30a is located on the upper side, and the blue light spot 30b is located on the lower side. is doing. As shown in FIG. 10, when the distance to the obstacle becomes L (X = L), the light spots overlap with each other, and a purple light spot in which red and blue are mixed appears. . As shown in FIG. 11, when the distance X from the vehicle to the obstacle is smaller than L (X <L), the red light spot 30a is located on the lower side, and the blue light spot 30b is located on the upper side. is doing. Since such a display is simultaneously displayed on the screen, it is easy to sensibly grasp the length of the distance X based on the distance between the light spots 30a and 30b while looking at the screen.

Such distance detecting means 3 may be provided at the left and right corners of the vehicle at the front and rear of the vehicle, as shown in FIG. For example, distance detection means 3F and 3R are provided at the center of the front and rear, distance detection means 3FL and 3FR are provided at the left and right corners of the front, and distance detection means 3RL and 3RR are provided at the left and right corners of the rear. . In this way, for example, as shown in FIG. 13, the distance between the obstacle located on the left side (right side of the screen) and the obstacle located on the right side (left side of the screen) is the light spots 30a, 30b. It is understood that the obstacle located on the left side of the vehicle (the right side of the screen) is closer because the distance is shorter. Thus, the sense of distance from the obstacle located in the left-right direction can also be grasped by the distance of the light spot appearing in the image.

As described above, the imaging position conversion unit that converts the image acquired by the first imaging unit that acquires the image in the traveling direction of the vehicle from the imaging position outside the vehicle body to the viewpoint position of the driver. By providing an image processing apparatus for a vehicle, an image when the imaging position is moved to the position of the viewpoint can be obtained, so that an image approximating the scenery entering the driver's field of view can be obtained, and the vehicle during vehicle operation It becomes easy to grasp the positional relationship between the object and the external obstacle. In addition, since an external image without a blind spot area is obtained, anxiety about the blind spot is reduced.

Furthermore, an image extracting means for extracting an image excluding the vehicle body shape of the vehicle from an image acquired by the second imaging means in the vehicle for acquiring an image of the traveling direction of the vehicle, and an image extracted by the image extracting means And an image synthesizing unit that synthesizes the image whose viewpoint is converted by the imaging position converting unit, the image inside the vehicle body can be synthesized, and an image very close to the driver's view image can be obtained.
In addition, by converting the image acquired by the second imaging unit into an image obtained by converting the viewpoint to the driver's viewpoint position, arithmetic processing for performing viewpoint conversion processing is reduced, and processing performance is improved.

Contour line detected by contour line detecting means for detecting the contour line of the vehicle body shape including at least one of the shape of the vehicle body, bumper, light, wiper, instrument panel, handle, mirror, tire, seat, and window If the configuration is such that the contour is detected from the acquired image by including the contour image composition means for compositing the image so as to be displayed on the image whose viewpoint has been converted by the imaging position conversion means, The state is projected with a contour line, which increases the sense of reality and makes it easier to grasp the sense of the vehicle body received from the image.

The vehicle body shape is at least one of a vehicle body, a wiper, an instrument panel, a handle, a mirror, a seat, and a window shape, and the contour line of the vehicle body shape is formed on the image synthesized by the image synthesis means. Is displayed, by synthesizing the contour lines of the shape of each part of the vehicle body with an image, it becomes easier to grasp the positional relationship between the external environment displayed on the screen and the vehicle body.

DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 1 Image processing apparatus 12 Processing apparatus 13a Camera 13b Camera 14 Image display apparatus 15 Current position detection apparatus 16 Storage apparatus 21 Vehicle 3 Distance detection means

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  1. First imaging means for acquiring an image outside the vehicle;
    Second imaging means for acquiring an image outside the vehicle different from the first imaging means;
    A vehicle image processing apparatus comprising: an image processing unit that processes an image acquired by the first imaging unit based on an object in the image acquired by the second imaging unit.
  2. The first imaging means is arranged outside the vehicle, acquires an image outside the vehicle from the outside of the vehicle,
    The vehicle image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the second imaging unit is disposed inside the vehicle and acquires an image outside the vehicle from the inside of the vehicle.
  3. The image processing unit processes the image acquired by the first imaging unit based on a common object from the image acquired by the first imaging unit and the image acquired by the second imaging unit. The vehicle image processing apparatus according to claim 1 or 2.
  4. The image processing means sets a feature area from the image acquired by the first imaging means and the image acquired by the second imaging means, and based on a common object from the images of the feature area, The vehicle image processing apparatus according to claim 1, wherein an image acquired by one imaging unit is processed.
  5. 5. The vehicle image processing apparatus according to claim 3, wherein the image processing unit performs image conversion on an image acquired by the first imaging unit so that the common objects have the same size.
  6. The image processing means generates an image obtained by performing image composition processing on the image acquired by the first imaging means and the image acquired by the second imaging means after image conversion. The vehicle image processing device according to any one of the above.
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