INTERIOR REARVIEW MIRROR SYSTEM

  • US 20110140606A1
  • Filed: 02/24/2011
  • Published: 06/16/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1997
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror support, said mirror support comprising a pivot element and said mirror support comprising a mirror mount configured for attachment to an attachment element at an in-cabin surface of a windshield of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a mirror head comprising a housing and a reflective element;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a single pivot joint, said single pivot joint comprising said pivot element, and wherein said mirror head pivotally attaches to said mirror support via said single pivot joint;

    wherein the rearward field of view of said reflective element is adjustable via adjustment by a driver of the equipped vehicle of said mirror head about said single pivot joint when said mirror mount of said mirror support is attached to the attachment element at the in-cabin surface of the windshield of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises an imaging sensor having a forward field of view through the windshield of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said imaging sensor comprises a CMOS sensor, and wherein said imaging sensor is disposed at said mirror support and is not adjusted when the driver of the equipped vehicle adjusts the rearward field of view of said reflective element of said interior rearview mirror assembly;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a headlamp controller and wherein, responsive to sensing of at least one of an oncoming headlight of another vehicle and a taillight of another vehicle by said imaging sensor, said headlamp controller at least partially controls a headlight of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein, at least with said mirror mount of said interior rearview mirror assembly attached to the attachment element at the in-cabin surface of the windshield of the equipped vehicle, another accessory is within said mirror support.

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