Rearview mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 10,543,784 B2
  • Filed: 11/07/2016
  • Issued: 01/28/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/25/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror head and a mounting base configured for attachment at a side of a vehicle equipped with said exterior rearview mirror assembly, wherein said mirror head comprises a mirror casing and a reflective element;

    a light module disposed at said mirror casing, wherein said light module, when said mounting base of said exterior rearview mirror assembly is attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, is operable to (i) provide a blind zone alert viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle and (ii) provide a turn signal indication viewable by drivers of other vehicles at a side lane adjacent the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said light module comprises a single circuit board;

    wherein a blind zone indicator light emitting diode is disposed at said single circuit board and is operable to emit light for a blind zone indicator, and wherein the blind zone indicator, when said blind zone indicator light emitting diode is operated, provides the blind zone alert;

    wherein a turn signal indicator light emitting diode is disposed at said single circuit board and is operable to emit light for a turn signal indicator, and wherein the turn signal indicator, when said turn signal indicator light emitting diode is operated, provides the turn signal indication;

    wherein said light module is disposed at and along a forward and sideward portion of said mirror casing;

    wherein said turn signal indicator comprises a turn signal indicator light guide having a light receiving end at said turn signal indicator light emitting diode, and wherein said turn signal indicator light guide is disposed along said forward and sideward portion of said mirror casing, and wherein the turn signal indication is viewable along said turn signal indicator light guide and said forward and sideward portion of said mirror casing;

    wherein said blind zone indicator comprises a blind zone indicator light guide having a light receiving end at said blind zone indicator light emitting diode, and wherein said blind zone indicator light guide is disposed along and behind said forward and sideward portion of said mirror casing, and wherein the blind zone alert is not viewable along said forward and sideward portion of said mirror casing; and

    wherein, when said blind zone indicator light emitting diode is operated and when said mounting base of said exterior rearview mirror assembly is attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, the blind zone alert is viewable by the driver of the equipped vehicle at an end of said blind zone indicator light guide that is opposite the light receiving end of said blind zone indicator light guide and that is outboard of said reflective element.

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