Camera mounting system for a vehicle

  • US 10,029,623 B2
  • Filed: 07/17/2017
  • Issued: 07/24/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/04/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of mounting a camera module at a windshield of a vehicle, said method comprising:

  • providing a bracket comprising an attaching portion and camera attaching structure;

    providing a mirror mounting base comprising a first pivot element;

    providing a mirror head comprising a mirror reflective element and a second pivot element;

    providing a camera module having an imager and a lens;

    attaching the attaching portion of the bracket at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield;

    attaching the mirror mounting base at the bracket;

    attaching the second pivot element of the mirror head at the first pivot element of the mirror mounting base to form a pivot joint;

    wherein, with the attaching portion of the bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, the camera attaching structure of the bracket extends downward along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below the attaching portion;

    with the attaching portion of the bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, attaching the camera module at the camera attaching structure of the bracket, whereby the lens of the camera module is below the attaching portion of the bracket and whereby the camera module has a field of view through a portion of the vehicle windshield below the attaching portion;

    with the attaching portion of the bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield and with the mirror mounting base attached at the attaching portion and with the camera module attached at the camera attaching structure, attaching a housing that at least partially encases the bracket and the camera module, wherein the housing encases a portion of the mirror mounting base;

    wherein the camera attaching structure of the bracket comprises a pair of spaced apart camera attaching arms; and

    wherein, with the attaching portion of the bracket attached at the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield, the camera attaching arms extend downward along the in-cabin surface of the vehicle windshield below the attaching portion, and wherein attaching the camera module at the camera attaching structure comprises engaging respective portions of the camera module with lower ends of the camera attaching arms.

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