Vehicle global positioning system

  • US 5,971,552 A
  • Filed: 12/08/1995
  • Issued: 10/26/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/08/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicle global positioning system in a vehicle having a metallic body, comprising:

  • a first exterior mirror assembly including a first reflective element and a first housing for said reflective element, said first reflective element moveably mounted with respect to said first housing by a first positioning device, said fist housing made from a material that is substanially electrically non-conducting, said first housing forming a cavity, said cavity being open at one end and closed at an opposing end, said first reflective element positioned at said open end;

    a global positioning system receiver including a first receiving antenna fixedly mounted with respect to said first housing separate from said first reflective element, said first receiving antenna located within said cavity at a position between said first reflective element and said opposing end, said global positioning system receiver adapted to receive earth satellite signals from a plurality of global positioning satellites with said first receiving antenna and convert said signals to at least one of location, velocity and time parameters; and

    wherein said first receiving antenna is positioned with said housing outside of the vehicle'"'"'s body thereby avoiding the cage effect of the vehicle body.

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