Vehicle mirror digital network and dynamically interactive mirror system

  • US 6,175,164 B1
  • Filed: 08/16/1999
  • Issued: 01/16/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/11/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle having a vehicle communication network, comprising:

  • an exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising a housing and a reflective element positioned within said housing, said reflective element mechanically coupled with an actuator which adjustably positions said reflective element about at least one axis;

    a microprocessor-based control positioned at said exterior rearview mirror assembly, said control controlling a plurality of devices positioned at said exterior mirror assembly, said plurality of devices comprising at least two devices selected from the group consisting of an intrusion detector, an intelligent vehicle highway system, a global positioning system, a garage door opener system, a keyless entry system, a blind spot detection system, an interactive dynamically adjustable mirror system, a turn signal incorporated in said exterior rearview mirror assembly, a stop signal incorporated in said exterior rearview mirror assembly, a security light incorporated in said exterior rearview mirror assembly, a heater element in heat transfer association with said reflective element, an antenna, an electro-optical element, a light sensor, a heading sensor, a position encoder, said actuator for adjustably positioning said reflective element, and an image capture device; and

    said control interfacing with the vehicle communication network in order to send to and/or receive data from the vehicle communication network.

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