Mirror system with remotely actuated continuously variable reflectant mirrors

  • US 5,148,014 A
  • Filed: 11/19/1990
  • Issued: 09/15/1992
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/10/1990
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • a reflective element having a controllable variable reflectivity;

    a control that is adapted to establishing the level of reflectivity of said reflective element;

    a first input device for said control that is adapted to causing said control to establish a first level of reflectivity of said reflective element at a comfort level that is a function of ambient light levels, said level of reflectivity being selected from a continuously variable first range of reflectivity values,a user operable second input device for said control that is selectively actuatable by a user in order to cause said control to establish a second level of reflectivity of said reflective element that is greater than said first level, wherein actuation of said second input device selectively overrides said first input device when actuated; and

    wherein said control returns the level of reflectivity of said reflective element to the level of reflectivity established by said first input device upon deactuation of said second input device.

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