Rain sensing system and method having automatically registered and oriented rain sensor

  • US 6,066,933 A
  • Filed: 10/02/1998
  • Issued: 05/23/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/02/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A rain sensor for mounting on a mirror mount situated on a windshield of an automobile, said rain sensor comprising:

  • a rain sensor housing, said rain sensor housing comprising a first mounting area for receiving said mirror mount and a second mounting area for receivably supporting a mirror, wherein said mirror mount is mounted directly to said windshield;

    at least one sensor mounted on said rain sensor housing within a passenger compartment of said automobile for detecting undesired debris on said windshield, said at least one sensor comprising a focal length of less than 20 inches toward the windshield surface;

    said rain sensor be registered in a predetermined position relative to an inner surface of said windshield when said rain sensor is mounted on said mirror mount while simultaneously being capable of supporting said mirror for use by an operator.

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