Memory mirror system for vehicles

  • US 6,340,849 B1
  • Filed: 12/15/2000
  • Issued: 01/22/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/11/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular rearview mirror system for a vehicle having a reverse gear, said mirror system comprising:

  • a first rearview mirror assembly and a second rearview mirror assembly;

    each of said first and second rearview mirror assemblies including a housing and a support for attaching said assembly to a vehicle;

    each of said first and second rearview mirror assemblies including a reflective element and an actuator for positioning said reflective element about an axis;

    each of said first and second rearview mirror assemblies including a control for operating said actuator;

    said first rearview mirror assembly including a processor adapted to determine a position for the reflective element of said first rearview mirror assembly, the position of said reflective element of said first rearview mirror assembly determined by one of (i) retrieval of one of several positions stored in a memory at said first rearview mirror assembly and (ii) an indication to said processor of said first rearview mirror assembly that the vehicle has been placed in reverse gear;

    said processor of said first rearview mirror assembly further adapted to determine a position for the reflective element of said second rearview mirror assembly, said position for the reflective element of said second rearview mirror assembly also determined by one of (i) retrieval of one of several positions stored in a memory at said first rearview mirror assembly and (ii) an indication to said processor of said first rearview mirror assembly that the vehicle has been placed in reverse gear; and

    wherein said position for the reflective element of said second rearview mirror assembly is communicated from said first rearview mirror assembly by an interface, said interface comprising one of an analog interface, a digital interface and a direct-wired interface.

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