Interior rearview mirror system incorporating a supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display

  • US 6,222,460 B1
  • Filed: 06/30/2000
  • Issued: 04/24/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle equipped with a supplemental inflatable restraint system, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said assembly comprising a reflective mirror element housed in a mirror housing, said housing connecting to a mirror support by a pivot member, said mirror support including a mount for attaching said assembly to a portion of the interior of the vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly further including a first information display and a second information display, said first information display included in said assembly at a first location and said second information display included in said assembly at a second location, said first location being separate and spaced from said second location;

    said first information display comprising an information display selected from the group comprising a rain sensor operation display, a telephone information display, a highway status information display, a blind spot indicator display, a hazard warning display, a vehicle status display, a page message display, a speedometer display, a tachometer display, an audio system display, a fuel gauge display, a heater control display, an air conditioning system display, a status of inflation of tires display, an e-mail message display, a compass display, an engine coolant temperature display, an oil pressure display, a cellular phone operation display, a global positioning system display, a weather information display, a temperature display, a traffic information display, a telephone number display, a fuel status display, a battery condition display, a time display, a train approach warning display and a toll booth transaction display;

    said second information display comprising a supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display, said supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display comprising a light-emitting display element that is responsive to a supplemental occupant restraint system of the vehicle, said supplemental inflatable restraint system status information display providing an indicator of the enablement of the supplemental occupant restraint system of the vehicle, said indicator provided to at least one of an operator and a passenger of the vehicle;

    said light-emitting display element including indicia and at least one light source positioned for backlighting said indicia of said display element;

    electrical circuitry for electrically powering said at least one light source of said light-emitting display element;

    said indicia of said display element formed by establishing at least one of differentially light transmitting regions and differentially spectrally absorbing regions of said display element; and

    said indicia of said display element of said second information display comprising at least one of a word, a numeral, a symbol, a tell tale and an icon.

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