Interior rearview mirror system incorporating a light-emitting information display

  • US 6,326,900 B2
  • Filed: 02/06/2001
  • Issued: 12/04/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said interior rearview mirror 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 light-emitting information display element, said light-emitting information display element comprising a panel with differentially light transmitting and/or spectrally absorbing regions, said panel being backlit by at least one light source so that information is displayed by light transmission and/or spectral absorption at said regions, said information being displayed by illuminated indicia;

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

    said indicia of said light-emitting information 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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