(19)
(11)EP 3 650 271 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

(43)Date of publication:
13.05.2020 Bulletin 2020/20

(21)Application number: 18205531.9

(22)Date of filing:  09.11.2018
(51)Int. Cl.: 
B60Q 1/08  (2006.01)
G06K 9/20  (2006.01)
G06K 9/00  (2006.01)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
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Designated Extension States:
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Designated Validation States:
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(71)Applicant: Valeo Vision
93012 Bobigny Cedex (FR)

(72)Inventors:
  • MARTINIAK, Julien
    93012 BOBIGNY CEDEX (FR)
  • MEZARI, Rezak
    93012 BOBIGNY CEDEX (FR)

  


(54)LANE RECOGNITION FOR AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES


(57) The present invention relates to a lighting system 200 and method for synchronoulsy operating a lighting module 210 and an image capture device 205 of an automotive vehicle such that lanes 110 marked on road and road markings 105 projected by the lighting module can be differentied without any confusion. The lighting system 200 comprises an image capture device (205) configured to acquire an image of a road of travel of the vehicle; a lighting module (215) configured to project road markings on the road; and a control unit (220). The control unit (220) is configured to: deactivate the lighting module (215) and to activate simultaneously the image capture device (205) on a first mode, and activate the lighting module (215) and to deactivate simultaneously the image capture device (205) on a second mode.




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to vehicles, in particular, it relates to a lighting system and synchronization method for providing driving assistance to the vehicles.

STATE OF THE ART:



[0002] Today, the automotive vehicles comprise more and more systems to assist the driver in his drive. For example, these systems provide to the driver information about environment such as obstacles, vehicle in blind spot and can assist the driver to stay in his lane or to overtake. Therefore, these systems increase the safety and thus, permit to reduce the number of road accidents. These systems are called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

[0003] Moreover, the automotive vehicles notably evolve towards automated vehicles and autonomous vehicles. In automated vehicle, the management of the control commands can be ensured automatically by a control system for parking operations or driving at low speed for example. In autonomous vehicle, the management of the control commands can be ensured automatically by a control system for all the driving tasks.

[0004] In order to implement functions such as lane keeping, lane centring, overtake assistant to assist the driver or to the automated or autonomous vehicle, the ADAS has in particular to detect the road lanes and the road boundaries. Thus, the ADAS are currently equipped with camera able to acquire an image of the road in front of the vehicle and a computation unit able to calculate the position of the lanes marked on the road.

[0005] To transmit the information acquired by the camera and calculated by the computation unit to the driver or to the passengers of an automated or autonomous vehicle, the ADAS can comprise a lighting system to display or project on the road several pictograms. As shown in the Figure 1, the lighting module can display or project lines 120, for example, white lines, on the road in order to show the size of the vehicle or the trajectory of the vehicle when it is overtaking another vehicle or to show safety distance with the other vehicles.

[0006] However, when the camera of the ADAS acquires an image of the road whereas the lighting module is projecting lines, the computation unit cannot differentiate the lanes marked on the road and the projected lines. This non-differentiation leads to a safety issue. The information transmitted to the driver or transmitted to the control system of the automated or autonomous vehicle is not accurate. The projecting lines may not be projected on the right position and the driver could fail to identify whether there is enough space to pass or overtake other vehicles, and the control system could fail to centre the vehicle on the road and could make the vehicle oscillate.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0007] An object of the present invention is to provide a lighting system to improve safety by improving the lanes detection to avoid any confusion between the lanes marked on the road and the road marking projected by a lighting module of the vehicle.

[0008] Another object of the present invention is to provide a method for synchronizing the operation of a lighting module of the vehicle with the operation of an image capture device of the vehicle to provide driving assistance to automotive vehicles, especially, during low lighting conditions.

[0009] In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, there is a provided a lighting system of an automotive vehicle. The lighting system comprises an image capture device configured to acquire an image of a road of travel of the vehicle; a lighting module configured to project road markings on the road; and a control unit. The control unit is configured to deactivate the lighting module and to activate simultaneously the image capture device on a first mode, and activate the lighting module and to deactivate simultaneously the image capture device on a second mode.

[0010] In an embodiment, the image capture device comprises an image processing unit configured to compute position of lanes marked on the road, and the control unit is configured to compute position of road markings to be projected on the road based on the position of lanes marked on the road. Further, the lighting module is configured to project a segmented lighting beam.

[0011] In an embodiment, the image capture device operates in a pulsed manner in which acquisition of an image is activated during a predetermined time interval T1 and the acquisition of image is deactivated during a predetermined time interval T2, the time interval T1 is followed by the time interval T2 on a sequential manner. The image capture device is configured to operate in the first mode for the predetermined time interval T1 and in the second mode for the predetermined time interval T2. The image capture device is configured to activate the first mode on a rising edge of a pulse and to activate the second mode on a falling edge of the pulse, the pulse duration corresponding to the predetermined time interval T1.

[0012] During the first mode, the image capture device is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit on the rising edge of the pulse and the control unit is configured to send a deactivation signal to the lighting module upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the image capture device is configured to acquire image during the time interval T1. During the second mode, the image capture device is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit on the falling edge of the pulse and the control unit is configured to send an activation signal to the lighting module upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the lighting module is configured to project road markings on the road during the predetermined time interval T2.

[0013] In an embodiment, time periods T1 and T2 are within in a range from about 14ms to about 66ms.

[0014] In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, there is a provided a method for synchronizing an operation of a lighting module of an automotive vehicle with an image-capture device. The method comprises: acquiring an image of a road of travel of the vehicle by the image capture device; and projecting road markings on the road by the lighting module. The method further comprises deactivating the lighting module by a control unit and simultaneously activating the image capture device on a first mode; and activating the lighting module by the control unit and simultaneously deactivating the image capture device on a second mode.

[0015] The method further comprises computing the position of lanes marked on the road, and computing position of road markings to be projected on the road based on the position of lanes marked on the road.

[0016] In an embodiment, the method comprises operating the image capture device in a pulsed manner in which acquisition of an image is activated during a predetermined time interval T1 and the acquisition of image is deactivated during a predetermined time interval T2, the time interval T1 is followed by the time interval T2 on a sequential manner. The image capture device is operated in the first mode for the predetermined time interval T1 and operated in the second mode for the predetermined time interval T2.

[0017] Further in an embodiment, the operation of the image capture device on the first mode comprising the steps of: sending, by the image capture device, a synchronization signal to the control unit on the raising edge of the pulse; sending, by the control unit, a deactivation signal to the lighting module, upon receiving the synchronization signal; and acquiring the image, by the image capture device during the predetermined time interval T1.

[0018] In an embodiment, operating the image capture device in the second mode comprising the steps of: sending, by the image capture device, a synchronization signal to the control unit on the falling edge of the pulse; sending, by the control unit, an activation signal to the lighting module, upon receiving the synchronization signal; and projecting the road markings on the road, by the lighting module, during the predetermined time interval T2.

[0019] Thus, the present invention provides the lighting system and synchronization method for accurately differentaing the lanes marked on the road and road markings projected by the lighting module by sychnronisng the operations of the lighting module and the image capature device. The accurate differenatiation of the marked lanes and the projected road markings enable the driver of the vehicle or the ADAS system to drive the vehicle in the right path in low lighting conditions, thereby accidents can be prevented.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0020] To complete the description and in order to provide for a better understanding of the invention, a set of drawings is provided. Said drawings form an integral part of the description and illustrate an embodiment of the invention, which should not be interpreted as restricting the scope of the invention, but just as example of how the invention can be carried out. The drawings comprise the following features.

Figure 1 shows a schematic illustration of an automotive vehicle with lanes marked on a road and projected road markings by a lighting module of the automotive vehicle, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 2 is a schematic illustration of a block diagram of a lighting system of an automotive vehicle, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 3a to Figure 3c shows temporal progresses of signals, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

Figure 4 is a flowchart of a method for synchronizing operations of a lighting module and an image capture device coupled to the automotive vehicle, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION



[0021] The following detailed description describes various features and functions of the disclosed systems and methods with reference to accompanying figures. The illustrative system and method embodiments are not meant to be limiting. It may be readily understood that certain aspects of the disclosed systems and methods can be arranged and combined in wide variety of different configurations, all of which are contemplated herein.

[0022] Autonomous vehicles operating on road may rely on identifying lane boundaries or lane markings on the road for navigation. A computing device, i.e., Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), configured to control the vehicle may be configured to have access to the road information that may indicate the lane boundaries on the road. Usually, an image capture device coupled to the vehicle captures an image of road of travel of the vehicle and the image is further processed to identify the lane boundaries on the road. However, in some cases, the captured road information may include inaccuracies in estimation of lane boundaries. For example, during night time, frontal headlights of the vehicle may project road markings, for example, lanes on the road, and the road information captured by the image capture device may include the information related to the projected road markings along with the lane boundaries or lane markings on the road. This may create confusion to the computing device to identify the lane boundaries or the lane markings on the road for navigation.

[0023] The present subject matter relates to a lighting system and a synchronization method for differentiating lanes marked on the road and road markings projected by a lighting module of the automotive vehicle.

[0024] Figure 2 is a schematic illustration of a block diagram of a lighting system of a motor vehicle, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. The motor vehicle, for example, is a passenger car.

[0025] The lighting system 200 as shown in the Figure 2 comprises an image capture device 205 configured to acquire an image of a road of travel of the vehicle; a lighting module 215 configured to project road markings on the road; and a control unit 220. The control unit 220 configured to deactivate the lighting module 215 and to activate simultaneously the image capture device 205 on a first mode, and further configured activate the lighting module 215 and to deactivate simultaneously the image capture device 205 on a second mode.

[0026] In an aspect, the image capture device 205 may be any camera (e.g., a still camera, a video camera) configured to capture the image of the road of the travel of the vehicle. In an aspect, the image capture device 205 is coupled to the vehicle and may be positioned behind a rear view mirror of the vehicle, or positioned at a front bumper of the vehicle.

[0027] Further, in an embodiment, the image capture device 205 includes an image-processing unit 225 to process the captured images to computer position of lanes marked on the road, an image sensor 230 by means of which the images of the road are captured, and a shutter 235. The shutter 235 serves for covering the image sensor 230 against the environmental region. The shutter 235 can be moved back and forth between an open position and a closed position. The image sensor 230 is electrically coupled to the image-processing unit 225.

[0028] In an embodiment, the image capture device 205 may be electrically coupled to the lighting module 215. The lighting module 215 includes at least a light source 240 and the lighting module 215 is configured to project a segmented lighting beam. The segmented lighting beam is a beam with a plurality of segments, which are selectively activable to project road markings such as lines. In a first example, the lighting module 215 comprises a matrix of micro-mirrors. The micro-mirrors can be switched between two angles. In a first angular position, the light received from the light source 240 of the lighting module 215 is reflected in a first direction and contributes to form the lighting beam. In a second angular position, the light received is reflected in a second direction and does not contribute to form the lighting beam.

[0029] In a second example, the light source 240 of the lighting module 215 is a laser light source such as a laser diode and the lighting module 215 comprises a light conversion means on which the light emitted from the laser light source is directed. The laser light source scans the light conversion means to draw an image which is projected to form the lighting beam.

[0030] In a third example, the lighting module 215 comprises a plurality of light sources. Each light sources are associated with an optical element to form a light segment. Each light segment is projected by a projection element to form the lighting beam.

[0031] As previously mentioned, the image capture device 205 is configured to operate in the first mode and in the second mode. In an embodiment, the image capture device 205 is configured to operate in the first mode for the predetermined time interval T1 and in the second mode for the predetermined time interval T2. The shutter 235 of the image capture device 205 is moved back and forth between the open position and the closed position in the first mode and in the second mode to activate and deactivate the operation of the image capture device 205. To synchronise the operation of the image capture device 205 and the lighting module 215, the movement of the shutter 235 occurs synchronously with the switching of the lighting module 235, during the vehicle travel time T.

[0032] The image capture device 205 operates in a pulsed manner in which acquisition of an image is activated during the predetermined time interval T1 and the acquisition of image is deactivated during the predetermined time interval T2, the time interval T1 is followed by the time interval T2 on a sequential manner. The periodic switching of the image capture device 205 is illustrated in the Fig.3a during vehicle travel time T. The operation of the image capture device 205 is toggled between the state "0" and state "1". The state "0" is inactive state, in which the image capture device 205 is deactivated, i.e., turned OFF. In contrast, in the state "1" and thus in active state, the image capture device 205 is activated, i.e., turned ON.

[0033] In an embodiment, the control unit 220 is configured to synchronize the operations of the image capture device 205 and the lighting module 215. For example, the control unit 220 is a driver of the lighting module 215. In case where the lighting module 215 is positioned in a headlamp, the control unit 220 can be the driver of the headlamp. The control unit 220 is configured to send either an activation signal or a deactivation signal to the lighting module 215 upon receiving a synchronization signal from the image capture device 205.

[0034] In the first mode, the image capture device 205 is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit 220 on the rising edge of the pulse. Further, the control unit 220 is configured to send a deactivation signal to the lighting module 205 upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the image capture device 205 is configured to acquire image during the predetermined time interval T1. The time interval T1 corresponds to integration time, which is the duration of the capture of the image. The captured image is processed by the image-processing unit 225 to compute position of lanes 210 marked on the road. In particular, the image processing unit 225 computes coordinates of the lanes 110 marked on the road. The computation of the coordinates of the lanes marked on the road by processing the image is well known to a person skilled in the art, and therefore details of the computation are not provided herein. Further, the coordinates of the lanes 110 marked on the road are sent to the control unit 220 by the image-processing unit 225.

[0035] Whereas, in the second mode, the image capture device 205 is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit 220 on the falling edge of the pulse. The control unit 220 is configured to send an activation signal to the lighting module 205 upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the lighting module 205 is configured to project road markings on the road during the predetermined time interval T2. The lighting module 205 projects the markings on the road based on the computed coordinates of the lanes. The time interval T2 corresponds to operational time of the lighting module 205. The time interval T2 is dimensioned such that driver of the vehicle can always view the lanes 110 marked on the road, without any blinking

[0036] According to an embodiment of the present invention, the values of the preset time intervals T1 and T2 are within in a range from about 14ms to about 66ms. i.e., the image capture device 205 and the lighting module 215 are switched with a frequency within a range from about 15Hz to about 70Hz between an active state and an inactive state. In another embodiment, the values of time intervals T1 and T2 are equal to 50ms, i.e., the image capture device 205 and the lighting module 215 are switched with a frequency of 50Hz between an active state and an inactive state. The preset time intervals T1 and T2 are selected in the above mentioned ranges so that the blinking is not visible to the human eyes, and thereby the driver and the passengers can see a continuous light.

[0037] The image capture device 210 is operated synchronously with the lighting module 215, during the vehicle travel time T, such that during the operation of the image capture device 205, the lighting module 210 do not projects road markings120 on the road and thereby lanes 110 marked on the road can be identified without any confusion. Therefore, in autonomous vehicles, the ADAS system that pilots the vehicle can easily identify the lanes 120 marked on the road for navigation. Similarly, by projecting road markings 120 based on the identification of lanes 110 marked on the road, the driver of the automated vehicles can easily identify whether there is enough space to pass or overtake other vehicles, and thereby occurrence of accidents can be prevented.

[0038] With reference now to Figure 3a to Figure 3c, the operation of the synchronization of the image capture device 205 and the lighting module 215, according to an embodiment of the present subject matter, is explained in more detail. In the Figure 3a, the operation of the image capture device 205, and thus a temporal progress of the state of the image capture device 205 are illustrated. In particular, the temporal progress of the movement of the shutter of the image capture device, the shutter is moved between the open position and the closed position is illustrated in the Figure 3a. In the Figure 3b, the temporal progress of a pulse is illustrated. In the Figure 3c, a temporal progress of the operation of the lighting module 215 is illustrated.

[0039] As already explained with reference to the Figure 2, the image capture device 205 operates in the first mode and in the second mode during the vehicle travel time T such that during the operation of the image capture device 205, the lane markings120 are not projected on the road by the lighting module 210.

[0040] In an embodiment, at the start of the synchronization process, light sources 240 in the lighting module 215 may be switched OFF for a certain time period. As apparent from the Figure 3a and the Figure 3c, at the start of the synchronization process, during the capture and process of a first image, the light sources are switched OFF for a certain time period. The predetermined time interval T1 corresponds to integration time i.e., the time required to capture the image and the time interval T2 corresponds to processing time of the image captured during T1. The processing of the image includes computing coordinates of lanes 110 marked on the road and sending the computed coordinates of the lanes marked on the road to the control unit 220.

[0041] After elapse of the time duration for capturing and processing the first image, the image capture device 205 sends the computed coordinates of lanes marked on the road from the first image to the control unit 220.

[0042] Subsequently, capturing of second image begins for the time interval T1 and the control unit 220 computes coordinates of road markings to be projected in the time interval T1, based on the coordinates of the lanes marked in the first image. In an embodiment, on a raising edge of a pulse, the image capture device 205 sends a synchronization signal to the control unit 220, and the image capture device205 captures the second image during the time interval T1. The control unit 220 in turn sends a deactivation signal to the lighting module to deactivate the lighting module during the raising edge of the pulse. Further, on a falling edge of the pulse, the image capture device 205 sends a synchronization signal to the control unit 220, and the control unit 220 sends an activation signal to the lighting module 205.

[0043] During the process time of the second image, the lighting module 205 is activated to project the road markings on the road based on the coordinates of lanes computed from the first image. During the capturing of the second image, i.e., integration time, the lighting module 215 is deactivated in order to not to project road markings while image capturing. Similarly, as apparent from the Figure 3a and the Figure 3c, during the process time of the third image, the lighting module 215 is activated based on coordinates of projected lanes computed from the second image; and during the integration time of the third image, the lighting module 215 is deactivated.

[0044] Thus, during the vehicle travel time T, the lighting module 215 operate in synchronism with the image capture device 205 such that deactivation of the lighting module 215 coincides with the activation of the image capture device 205, and vice versa, which is apparent from the Figure 3a and the Figure 3c.

[0045] Figure 4 is a flowchart of a method for synchronizing operations of a lighting module 215 of an automotive vehicle and an image capture device 205 coupled to the motor vehicle, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. Steps of the method are described with reference to the components depicted in the Figure 2. Additional, different, or fewer steps may be provided. Steps may be performed in orders other than those presented herein. As explained earlier with reference to the Figure 2, the image capture device 205 operates in the first mode and in the second mode synchronously with the operation of the lighting module.

[0046] In step S410, the image capture device 205 acquires an image of a road of travel of the vehicle for a time interval T1. In step S420, the lighting module 215 projects road markings on the road. In step S430, the method comprises deactivating the lighting module 215 by a control unit 220 and simultaneously activating the image capture device 205 on a first mode. In step S440, the method comprises activating the lighting module 215 by the control unit 220 and simultaneously deactivating the image capture device 205 on a second mode.

[0047] In the first mode, the image capture device 205 is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit 220 on the rising edge of the pulse. Further, the control unit 220 is configured to send a deactivation signal to the lighting module 205 upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the image capture device 205 is configured to acquire image during the time interval T1. The time interval T1 corresponds to integration time, which is the duration of the capture of the image. The captured image is then processed by the image-processing unit 225 to compute position of lanes 210 marked on the road. In particular, the image processing unit 225 computes coordinates of the lanes 110 marked on the road. The computation of the coordinates of the lanes marked on the road by processing the image is well known to a person skilled in the art, and therefore details of the computation are not provided herein. Further, the coordinates of the lanes 110 marked on the road are sent to the control unit 220.

[0048] Whereas, in the second mode, the image capture device 205 is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit 220 on the falling edge of the pulse. The control unit 220 is configured to send an activation signal to the lighting module 205 upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the lighting module 205 is configured to project road markings on the road during the predetermined time interval T2. The lighting module 215 projects the markings on the road based on the computed coordinates of the lanes. The time interval T2 corresponds to operational time of the lighting module. The time interval T2 is dimensioned such that driver of the vehicle can always view the lanes 110 marked on the road, without any blinking

[0049] In step S450, the process of the synchronization between the lighting module 210 and the image capture device 205 is repeated during the vehicle travel time T.

[0050] Thus, the image capture device 210 is operated synchronously with the lighting module 215 such that during the operation of the image capture device 205, the lighting module 210 do not road markings 120 on the road and thereby lanes 110 marked on the road can be identified without any confusion. Therefore, in autonomous vehicles, the ADAS system that pilots the vehicle can easily identify the lanes 120 marked on the road for navigation. Similarly, by projecting road markings 120 based on the identification of lanes 110 marked on the road, the driver of the automated vehicles can easily identify whether there is enough space to pass or overtake other vehicles, and thereby occurrence of accidents can be prevented.


Claims

1. A lighting system (200) of an automotive vehicle comprising:

an image capture device (205) configured to acquire an image of a road of travel of the vehicle;

a lighting module (215) configured to project road markings on the road; and

a control unit (220) configured to:

deactivate the lighting module (215) and to activate simultaneously the image capture device (205) on a first mode, and

activate the lighting module (215) and to deactivate simultaneously the image capture device (205) on a second mode.


 
2. The lighting system (200) according to claim 1, wherein the image capture device (205) comprises an image processing unit (225) configured to compute position of lanes marked on the road and wherein the control unit (220) is configured to compute position of road markings to be projected on the road based on the position of lanes marked on the road.
 
3. The lighting system (200) according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the lighting module is configured to project a segmented lighting beam.
 
4. The lighting system (200) according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the image capture device operates in a pulsed manner in which acquisition of an image is activated during a predetermined time interval T1 and the acquisition of image is deactivated during a predetermined time interval T2, the time interval T1 is followed by the time interval T2 on a sequential manner.
 
5. The lighting system (200) according to claim 4, wherein the image capture device is configured to operate in the first mode for the predetermined time interval T1 and in the second mode for the predetermined time interval T2.
 
6. The lighting system (200) according to claim 4 or 5, wherein the image capture device is configured to activate the first mode on a rising edge of a pulse and to activate the second mode on a falling edge of the pulse, the pulse duration corresponding to the predetermined time interval T1.
 
7. The lighting system (200) according claim 6, wherein on the first mode, the image capture device is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit on the rising edge of the pulse and the control unit is configured to send a deactivation signal to the lighting module upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the image capture device is configured to acquire image during the time interval T1.
 
8. The lighting system (200) as claimed according to claim 6 or 7, wherein on the second mode, the image capture device is configured to send a synchronization signal to the control unit on the falling edge of the pulse and the control unit is configured to send an activation signal to the lighting module upon receiving the synchronization signal, and the lighting module is configured to project road markings on the road during the predetermined time interval T2.
 
9. The lighting system (200) according to any one of the claims 4 to 8, wherein values of the time periods T1 and T2 are within in a range from about 14ms to 66ms.
 
10. A method for synchronizing an operation of a lighting module of a vehicle with an image-capture device comprising the following steps:

acquiring an image of a road of travel of the vehicle by the image capture device;

projecting road markings on the road by the lighting module; and

deactivating the lighting module (215) by a control unit and simultaneously activating the image capture device (205) on a first mode; and

activating the lighting module (215) by the control unit and simultaneously deactivating the image capture device (205) on a second mode.


 
11. The method according to claim 10, wherein the method comprises computing the position of lanes marked on the road and computing position of road markings to be projected on the road based on the position of lanes marked on the road.
 
12. The method according to any one of claims 10 to 11, wherein the method comprises:

operating the image capture device in a pulsed manner in which acquisition of an image is activated during a predetermined time interval T1 and the acquisition of image is deactivated during a predetermined time interval T2, the time interval T1 is followed by the time interval T2 on a sequential manner.


 
13. The method according to claim 12, wherein the method comprises:

operating the image capture device in the first mode for the predetermined time interval T1; and

operating the image capture device in the second mode for the predetermined time interval T2.


 
14. The method according to claim 12 or 13, wherein the method comprises:

activating the first mode by the image capture device, on a rising edge of a pulse; and

activating the second mode by the image capture device on a falling edge of the pulse

the pulse duration corresponding to the predetermined time interval T1.


 
15. The method according to claim 14, wherein the operation of the image capture device on the first mode comprising the steps of:

sending, by the image capture device, a synchronization signal to the control unit on the raising edge of the pulse;

sending, by the control unit, a deactivation signal to the lighting module, upon receiving the synchronization signal; and

acquiring the image, by the image capture device, during the predetermined time interval T1.


 
16. The method according to any one of the claims 14 to 15, wherein operating the image capture device in the second mode comprising the steps of:

sending, by the image capture device, a synchronization signal to the control unit on the falling edge of the pulse;

sending, by the control unit, an activation signal to the lighting module, upon receiving the synchronization signal; and

projecting the road markings on the road, by the lighting module, during the predetermined time interval T2.


 




Drawing