Display unit

  • US 6,181,387 B1
  • Filed: 03/17/1999
  • Issued: 01/30/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/16/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. In an automobile having a ceiling, a ceiling-mounted automotive display unit comprising:

  • a housing mounted on the ceiling of the automobile, the housing having an opening and defining a cavity, wherein the housing also has a track which extends through the cavity and a corresponding carriage which rides along the track; and

    a display sized to fit at least partially within the cavity, the display having a viewing surface and being pivotally mounted on the carriage to provide for deployment of the display first, by translation of the display along the track between a stowed position wherein the display is at least partially contained within the cavity in a generally horizontal orientation with the viewing surface facing away from the ceiling and an intermediate position wherein the display is moved through the opening, still being positioned in the generally horizontal orientation and being at least partially outside the cavity and second, by pivot of the display about a first axis from the intermediate position to a deployed position wherein the viewing surface is presented for viewing by an occupant of the vehicle.

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