Automotive instrument panel apparatus

  • US 5,461,361 A
  • Filed: 03/11/1994
  • Issued: 10/24/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/11/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a vehicle having a steering column with a steering wheel mounted thereon and a front windshield, an operating condition display comprising:

  • an image source for projecting an image of information indicating vehicle operating conditions toward the windshield, said image source being mounted outside a line of sight of a driver through the windshield; and

    a reflection plate positioned between the windshield and steering wheel to intercept and reflect the entire projected image of information over the steering wheel to the driver'"'"'s line of sight;

    wherein said steering column is pivotable and further including a linkage between said reflection plate and said steering column arranged so that said reflection plate pivots with said steering column so as to maintain the reflection of the entire projected image over the steering wheel.

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