INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE

  • US 20080212215A1
  • Filed: 03/20/2008
  • Published: 09/04/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An information display mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said information display mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly configured for mounting at an interior portion of a vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a casing, a mirror support arm and a reflective element, wherein said reflective element comprises a reflector that provides a rearward field of view to a driver of a vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at an interior portion of the vehicle and when the driver views said reflector;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising an information display screen, said information display screen disposed at said mirror assembly separate from and independent of and lateral of said reflective element, and wherein a driver of the vehicle views information displayed by said information display screen separate from and independent of and lateral of said reflector, said information display screen located at one of (a) a portion of said casing closer to a seating location of the vehicle driver when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle and (b) a portion of said casing further from a seating location of the vehicle driver when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle, said information display screen having a viewing surface that generally faces the driver of the vehicle when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted at the interior portion of the vehicle; and

    wherein said information display screen comprises a touch-sensitive information display screen that displays information responsive to the driver of the vehicle at least one of (a) touching said viewing surface of said information display screen and (b) positioning a finger proximate said viewing surface of said information display screen.

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