Accessory system for vehicle

  • US 10,773,724 B2
  • Filed: 02/22/2016
  • Issued: 09/15/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/18/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle comprising a windshield having an outer surface that is exterior of the vehicle and an inner surface that is interior of the vehicle, with the windshield at a windshield angle relative to vertical when mounted in the vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a mounting element attached at an inner surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said accessory system;

    wherein said mounting element is adapted for mounting of an accessory module thereto and demounting of said accessory module therefrom;

    said accessory module adapted for mounting to and demounting from said mounting element;

    said accessory module comprising a camera, said camera comprising an imaging sensor and a lens;

    wherein electrical circuitry associated with said camera is disposed within said accessory module;

    wherein said accessory module comprises a portion that faces towards the windshield when said accessory module is mounted to said mounting element attached at the windshield;

    said portion comprising wall structure;

    wherein said lens of said camera protrudes through said wall structure to exterior of said accessory module;

    wherein said accessory module and said mounting element are configured so that, with said accessory module mounted to said mounting element, said lens is facing towards the windshield of the equipped vehicle and said camera has a field of view appropriate for a driver assistance system of the equipped vehicle and views forwardly through an area of the windshield that is wiped by a windshield wiper of the equipped vehicle when the windshield wiper is activated;

    wherein a multi-pin electrical socket is located at said accessory module and connects with said circuitry disposed within said accessory module; and

    wherein said electrical socket is configured for electrical connection to at least one of (i) an electrical source of the equipped vehicle, (ii) a power source of the equipped vehicle and (iii) a control of the equipped vehicle.

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