Display device for exterior rearview mirror

  • US 20070058257A1
  • Filed: 09/13/2006
  • Published: 03/15/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/14/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A mirror reflective element sub-assembly for an exterior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle, said mirror reflective element sub-assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element;

    a mirror back plate attached at a rear surface of said mirror reflective element, said mirror back plate formed by injection molding and having a display receiving portion established thereat;

    a display element having a light source that is activatable to emit light, said display element attaching to said display receiving portion of said mirror back plate and said light source being activatable to emit light through said display receiving portion; and

    wherein said mirror back plate and said display receiving portion are configured to orient said display element at a predetermined angle so that light exiting said display element when said light source is activated is directed one of (a) generally away from the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by drivers of other vehicles and so as to be substantially not viewed by the driver of the host vehicle, and (b) generally toward the driver of the vehicle when the mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle so as to be principally viewed by the driver of the host vehicle and so as to be substantially not viewed by drivers of other vehicles.

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