Vehicle mounted remote transaction interface system

  • US 6,158,655 A
  • Filed: 04/08/1998
  • Issued: 12/12/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A vehicle mounted remote transaction interface system for engaging in a remote transaction between an occupant of the vehicle and one of a bank teller remote transaction unit, a cash machine remote transaction unit, a gas pump remote transaction unit, and a drive-through point-of-sale retail establishment remote transaction unit, said system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly attached to an interior portion of a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly having an interior rearview mirror housing and an interior rearview mirror reflective element housed in said interior rearview mirror housing, said interior rearview mirror housing pivotally positionable about an interior rearview mirror support, said interior rearview mirror support attaching to said interior portion of said vehicle by a mirror mount;

    an exterior rearview mirror assembly attached to an exterior portion of said vehicle, said exterior rearview mirror assembly having an exterior rearview mirror housing and an exterior rearview mirror reflective element housed in said exterior rearview mirror housing, said exterior rearview mirror assembly attaching to said exterior portion of said vehicle by one of a fixed attachment and a break-away attachment;

    a transceiver comprising a transmitter for sending commnication signals generated by an occupant of a vehicle to a remote transaction unit selected from the group consisting of a bank teller transaction unit, a cash machine remote transaction unit, a gas pump remote transaction unit, and a drive-through point-of-sale retail establishment remote transaction unit for initiating communication with said romote transaction unit and a receiver for receiving transaction unit generated signals from the remote transaction unit;

    an input device in communication with said transceiver and being adapted to be mounted in said vehicle and accessible by the occupant, said input device generating said occupant generated communication signals in response to input from the occupant of the vehicle and sending said occupant generated communication signals to said transceiver, said transmitter transmitting said occupant generated communication signals to the remote transaction unit, and said receiver receiving said transaction unit generated signals from the remote transaction unit in response to said occupant generated communication signals in order to engage in a remote transaction with the remote transaction unitsaid interior rearview mirror assembly including a display area, said display area displaying indicia, said transmitter being in communication with said display area for modulating and transmitting signals generated by a selection of said indicia displayed on said display area and said interior rearview mirror assembly further including said input device mounted thereon, said input device for selecting indicia on said display area; and

    a carrier member, said transmitter being mounted to said carrier member, said carrier member being included in one of said interior rearview mirror assembly and said exterior rearview mirror assembly.

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