Electro-optic rearview mirror system

  • US 6,299,316 B1
  • Filed: 08/07/2000
  • Issued: 10/09/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An electro-optic interior rearview mirror system for a vehicle, comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly including an interior electro-optic reflective element and an interior mirror housing for said reflective element;

    said interior mirror assembly including a support for attachment to a portion of the vehicle;

    a control positioned external of said interior mirror housing and electrically connected with said reflective element for varying the reflectance state thereof;

    at least one further mirror assembly mounted on the exterior of the vehicle and containing a further electro-optic reflective element;

    said control including a microprocessor, said microprocessor functioning as a controller of a plurality of vehicle functions, said plurality of functions including at least one function occurring at said interior mirror housing and at least one other function occurring other than at said interior mirror housing, said at least one function occurring at said interior mirror housing including the reflectance state of said electro-optic reflective element, said at least one other vehicle function including the reflectance state of said further electro-optic reflective element; and

    wherein said vehicle includes a vehicle bus and wherein said control connects to said vehicle bus external to said interior mirror housing, said control processing at least one signal related to said at least one other vehicle function, said at least one signal being sent to or received by said microprocessor via said vehicle bus.

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