Interior rearview mirror system with compass

  • US 20040032675A1
  • Filed: 06/06/2003
  • Published: 02/19/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an interior rearview assembly having a mirror casing and a reflective element, said mirror casing being adjustable relative to an interior portion of the vehicle; and

    a compass system comprising a compass sensor, a microprocessor and a display viewable by a driver of the vehicle, said compass system being operable to display directional information indicative of a directional heading of the vehicle to a driver of the vehicle, said display comprising a plurality of at least partially light transmissive ports formed in a reflective coating of said reflective element, said display comprising a plurality of illumination sources positioned behind and generally aligned with corresponding ones of said plurality of ports, said microprocessor being positioned remote from said mirror casing and being electrically connected to said illumination sources, said microprocessor being operable to at least one of directly energize each of said illumination sources independently and directly energize two or more of said illumination sources in combination to provide illumination through one or more respective ones of said ports to convey the directional information to the driver of the vehicle.

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