ACCESSORY SYSTEM FOR VEHICLE

  • US 20100208077A1
  • Filed: 04/02/2010
  • Published: 08/19/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An accessory system for a vehicle, said accessory system comprising:

  • a windshield, said windshield having an outer surface that is exterior of the vehicle when the windshield is mounted to a vehicle equipped with said accessory system and an inner surface that is interior of the vehicle when the windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield is at a windshield angle relative to vertical when said windshield is mounted to the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said windshield has a mounting element adhesively attached to said inner surface;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly;

    an accessory support adapted for mounting to and demounting from said mounting element, said accessory support including an accessory receiving portion configured to receive an accessory;

    wherein one of (a) said accessory support comprises part of said interior rearview mirror assembly and (b) said accessory support includes a mirror mounting element and said interior rearview mirror assembly is adapted for mounting to said mirror mounting element of said accessory support; and

    wherein said accessory comprises an imaging sensor comprising a lens and a CMOS photosensor array and wherein said accessory receiving portion is configured to receive said imaging sensor in a manner that compensates for said windshield angle of said windshield so that said imaging sensor has a more generally horizontal forward field of view through said windshield when said accessory support is mounted to said mounting element adhesively attached to said inner surface of said windshield.

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