Interior rearview mirror assembly with indicator

  • US 10,538,203 B2
  • Filed: 10/09/2018
  • Issued: 01/21/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/10/2017
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror casing;

    a mirror reflective element disposed at said mirror casing;

    a mounting structure configured to adjustably mount said mirror reflective element and said mirror casing at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    an indicator disposed at said mirror reflective element;

    wherein said indicator comprises a plurality of light emitting diodes, and wherein each light emitting diode of said plurality of light emitting diodes is individually operated to emit light;

    wherein at least one light emitting diode of said plurality of light emitting diodes is at each of (i) an upper left region of said indicator, (ii) an upper right region of said indicator, (iii) a middle left region of said indicator, (iv) a middle right region of said indicator, (v) a lower left region of said indicator and (vi) a lower right region of said indicator;

    wherein, with said mirror reflective element and said mirror casing adjustably mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle via said mounting structure, and responsive to one of a plurality of triggers, said indicator electrically powers a particular one or particular ones of said plurality of light emitting diodes for that trigger, and wherein said indicator electrically powers the particular one or particular ones of said plurality of light emitting diodes to emit light to convey information associated with that trigger to a driver of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein one of the plurality of triggers comprises a blind zone detection system of the equipped vehicle, and wherein, with said mirror reflective element and said mirror casing adjustably mounted at the interior portion of the equipped vehicle via said mounting structure, said indicator provides a blind zone indication by powering at least one light emitting diode of said plurality of light emitting diodes responsive to the blind zone detection system of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said indicator provides the blind zone indication by (i) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the upper left region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle sideward of the equipped vehicle and in a left side lane to the left of the equipped vehicle, (ii) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the upper right region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle sideward of the equipped vehicle and in a right side lane to the right of the equipped vehicle, (iii) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the middle left region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle in the left side lane at a left-side driver'"'"'s blind zone region when the driver views sideward and rearward of the equipped vehicle using a left-side exterior rearview mirror, (iv) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the middle right region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle in the right side lane at a right-side driver'"'"'s blind zone region when the driver views sideward and rearward of the equipped vehicle using a right-side exterior rearview mirror, (v) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the lower left region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle in the left side lane rearward of the equipped vehicle and (vi) powering the at least one light emitting diode at the lower right region of said indicator responsive to detection of another vehicle in the right side lane rearward of the equipped vehicle.

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