Vehicle exterior mirror system with light module

  • US 10,576,896 B2
  • Filed: 05/10/2013
  • Issued: 03/03/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/01/2010
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A lighted exterior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said lighted exterior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • a lighted exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    a light module disposed at said lighted exterior rearview mirror assembly, said light module comprising a plurality of illumination sources operable to emit light at least in a generally forwardly direction with respect to a vehicle equipped with said lighted exterior rearview mirror system;

    wherein said plurality of illumination sources comprises at least three linearly arranged illumination sources arranged horizontally at said lighted exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said at least three linearly arranged illumination sources comprises an inboard illumination source, an outboard illumination source and at least one intermediate illumination source disposed between said inboard illumination source and said outboard illumination source;

    wherein said inboard illumination source, with said lighted exterior rearview mirror assembly attached at a side of the equipped vehicle, is closer to the side of the equipped vehicle than said at least one intermediate illumination source and said outboard illumination source;

    wherein said outboard illumination source, with said lighted exterior rearview mirror assembly attached at the side of the equipped vehicle, is farther from the side of the equipped vehicle than said inboard illumination source and said at least one intermediate illumination source;

    wherein said illumination sources are controlled responsive to a user input operable by a driver of the equipped vehicle normally operating the equipped vehicle to provide illumination emanating from said exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said user input activates a turn signal indicator system of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, responsive to activation via said user input of said turn signal indicator system of the equipped vehicle, said illumination sources are sequentially powered in an outward direction to provide an appearance of an outward moving light; and

    wherein said sequential powering of said at least three linearly arranged illumination sources comprises sequential powering of the individual illumination sources from said inboard illumination source of said light module to said outboard illumination source of said light module.

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