Accessory mounting system for a vehicle

  • US 10,046,714 B2
  • Filed: 07/27/2015
  • Issued: 08/14/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/15/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle, said accessory mounting system comprising:

  • a plurality of individual fixing elements configured to be adhesively attached at a surface of a vehicle windshield of the vehicle equipped with said accessory mounting system;

    wherein, with said fixing elements adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield, said fixing elements are spaced apart from one another at the surface of the vehicle windshield in a non-contiguous manner;

    wherein each of said fixing elements comprises a base portion that is configured to be directly adhesively attached by an adhesive at the surface of the vehicle windshield and an elongated portion that extends from said base portion in a direction away from the vehicle windshield when said base portion is directly adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein the base portion of each of said fixing elements has an attaching surface area that is larger than the cross sectional area of the elongated portion that extends from the base portion;

    a frame comprising a plurality of individual receiving portions;

    wherein said receiving portions are spaced apart from one another in a manner that corresponds with the spacing apart of said fixing elements when said fixing elements are adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein each one of said receiving portions is configured to receive the elongated portion of a respective and corresponding one of said fixing elements;

    wherein said plurality of individual fixing elements comprises at least three individual fixing elements and wherein said plurality of individual receiving portions comprises at least three individual receiving portions;

    wherein said elongated portions of said fixing elements are at least partially received in respective and corresponding ones of said receiving portions of said frame and cooperate with said receiving portions to attach said frame at the vehicle windshield via said fixing elements when said fixing elements are adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein said frame comprises structure for receiving an accessory thereat;

    said accessory comprising a camera;

    wherein, when said accessory is received at said structure of said frame, the line of vision of said camera passes through an aperture existing in said frame;

    wherein said aperture in said frame, when said frame is attached at said fixing elements adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield, generally corresponds with a light transmissive aperture of a light absorbing layer of the vehicle windshield;

    wherein, with said frame attached at said fixing elements adhesively attached at the surface of the vehicle windshield, the line of vision of said camera passes through both said aperture in said frame and the light transmissive aperture in the light absorbing layer when said accessory is received at said structure of said frame; and

    wherein said accessory mounting system is separate from an interior rearview mirror assembly of the equipped vehicle.

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