Potentiometer for motorized mirror

  • US 6,254,242 B1
  • Filed: 07/14/1999
  • Issued: 07/03/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/14/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a mirror housing;

    a reflective element;

    a backing assembly supported by the mirror housing, the backing assembly supporting the reflective element, the backing assembly having a pivot point about which the backing assembly and the reflective element pivot;

    an electric motor mounted to the mirror housing, the electric motor being responsive to an electrical input to displace the backing assembly and supported reflective element about the pivot point; and

    a position sensor including a potentiometer and a potentiometer housing receiving the potentiometer, said potentiometer and said potentiometer housing being connected between said backing assembly and said mirror housing for accurately detecting relative displacement between said backing assembly and said mirror housing, wherein the position sensor includes a dampener to dampen movement of the position sensor.

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