Memory mirror system for vehicles

  • US 6,093,976 A
  • Filed: 08/17/1998
  • Issued: 07/25/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/11/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system, comprising:

  • an exterior rearview mirror assembly including a housing and a support base for attaching said assembly to a vehicle;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly including a reflective element and a motor for positioning said reflective element about an axis;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly including a mirror-based control, said mirror-based control positioned in one of said housing and said support base;

    a control module located in the vehicle at a position remote from said exterior rearview mirror assembly and connected to said mirror-based control by an interface for sending signals to and/or receiving signals from said mirror-based control, said control module including a processor for providing signals on said interface;

    said exterior rearview mirror assembly further including at least one accessory selected from the group consisting of a turn signal, a stop signal, a heater, a security light, a power-fold mechanism, an electro-optical element, an intelligent vehicle highway system transceiver, and a garage door opener; and

    said at least one accessory selectively operable by said control module sending signals to said mirror-based control on said interface in order to selectively operate said at least one accessory.

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