Remote-actuated exterior vehicle security light

  • US 5,863,116 A
  • Filed: 09/19/1997
  • Issued: 01/26/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicular exterior mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a first vehicle and including a reflective element and an opaque housing for said reflective element, said housing having an outward side, an inward side, a top side and a bottom side, wherein said bottom side is closer to the road surface than said top side, and said outward side is further from said first vehicle than said inward side when said assembly is mounted to said side of said first vehicle, and means for movably mounting said reflective element relative to said housing to face in a direction rearwardly of said first vehicle;

    a turn signal light having a lens incorporated in an opening formed by said housing, at least a portion of said lens facing rearward of said first vehicle and structured to project a pattern of light from said housing rearwardly of said first vehicle such that said pattern of light extends laterally from said side of said first vehicle and said pattern of light is observable to a driver of a second vehicle passing from behind said side of said first vehicle equipped with said signal light, and such that said pattern of light of said signal light does not directly intercept a driver of said first vehicle, said signal light adapted for connection with a turn signal circuit of said first vehicle such that said signal light actuates when said turn signal circuit is being actuated in order to provide a warning light to said driver of said second vehicle passing said first vehicle that a lane change by said first vehicle is intended, said warning light being substantially unobserved by said driver of said first vehicle; and

    wherein said lens further wraps around the outward side of said housing and said lens further projecting a pattern of light when said turn signal circuit is being actuated in order to function as a side marker for said first vehicle.

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