Vehicular exterior rearview mirror system with signal light assembly

  • US 6,280,069 B1
  • Filed: 07/31/2000
  • Issued: 08/28/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular exterior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly adapted for mounting to a side of a first vehicle;

    said exterior mirror assembly comprising a casing, said casing defining a cavity, a positionable reflectance element incorporated in said cavity, said reflectance element adjustably mounted with respect to said casing on an actuator for providing remote positioning of said reflectance element;

    a signal light assembly including a light source;

    said signal light assembly included in said exterior mirror assembly, said signal light assembly fixedly mounted with respect to said casing and separate from said positionable reflectance element;

    said signal light assembly adapted to project a pattern of light from said exterior mirror assembly directed rearwardly of the first vehicle and observable to a driver of a second vehicle passing from behind the side of the first vehicle equipped with said signal light assembly, said pattern of light of said signal light assembly substantially unobserved by a driver of the first vehicle when said exterior mirror assembly is mounted to said side of the first vehicle;

    said signal light assembly adapted for connection with a turn signal circuit of the first vehicle such that said signal light assembly actuates when the turn signal circuit is being actuated in order to provide a warning light to the driver of the second vehicle passing the first vehicle that a lane change by the first vehicle is intended, said warning light being substantially unobserved by the driver of the first vehicle; and

    said pattern of light substantially unobserved by a driver of a third vehicle approaching from a forward direction of said first vehicle when said signal light assembly is actuated by the turn signal circuit of the first vehicle.

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