Interior rearview mirror system for vehicle

  • US 10,266,119 B2
  • Filed: 12/07/2015
  • Issued: 04/23/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mounting assembly configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror system;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head;

    wherein said mirror head is pivotally adjustable relative to said mounting assembly via a ball and socket joint;

    said mirror head comprising a mirror reflective element and a video display screen;

    said mirror reflective element comprising a transparent planar glass substrate coated at a surface thereof with a transflective mirror reflector that is partially transmissive of light therethrough and partially reflective of light incident thereon;

    wherein said video display screen is disposed behind said transparent planar glass substrate of said mirror reflective element;

    said mirror reflective element comprising an outermost bare glass surface that is closer than the transflective mirror reflector to a driver of the equipped vehicle with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including a mechanism operable to change orientation of said outermost bare glass surface of said mirror reflective element relative to the driver of the equipped vehicle when the driver views said mirror reflective element with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, with said interior rearview mirror assembly mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle, said mechanism is operable to change orientation of said outermost bare glass surface between a first position that is tilted towards the eyes of the driver of the equipped vehicle and a second position that is tilted away from the eyes of the driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, when said mechanism changes orientation of said outermost bare glass surface to said second position that is tilted away from the eyes of the driver of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen disposed behind the transflective mirror reflector displays video images viewable through the transflective mirror reflector of said mirror reflective element for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, when said mechanism changes orientation of said outermost bare glass surface to said first position that is tilted towards the eyes of the driver of the equipped vehicle, said video display screen disposed behind the transflective mirror reflector does not display video images viewable through the transflective mirror reflector of said mirror reflective element for viewing by the driver of the equipped vehicle and presence of said video display screen behind the transflective mirror reflector of said mirror reflective element is rendered covert by the transflective mirror reflector.

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