Rearview mirror with display

  • US 6,170,956 B1
  • Filed: 05/13/1999
  • Issued: 01/09/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mirror comprising:

  • a housing;

    an electrochromic mirror subassembly in the housing including front and rear transparent elements, a layer of electrochromic material associated with the front and rear transparent elements, and a reflector layer associated with the rear transparent element, a portion of the reflector layer defining an opening;

    an indicia panel covering the opening and configured to form a visual display, the indicia panel including a layer of light-absorbing material that forms a window smaller than the opening in the reflector; and

    at least one light source positioned in the housing to pass light through the indicia panel and the opening of the electrochromic mirror subassembly to selectively illuminate the visual display.

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