Rearview mirror assembly incorporating electrical accessories

  • US 6,366,213 B2
  • Filed: 12/11/2000
  • Issued: 04/02/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly suitable for use in a vehicle, said assembly comprising:

  • a mirror stay assembly, said mirror stay assembly including a rigid mirror stay adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle and at least one electronic accessory housed within said mirror stay assembly;

    said mirror stay assembly including a support member for an interior mirror;

    said interior mirror comprising a reflective mirror element housed in a mirror housing, said interior mirror further including at least one electronic accessory;

    wherein at least one of said at least one electronic accessory of said mirror stay assembly and said at least one electronic accessory of said interior mirror is selected from the group consisting of an information display, a light, automatic dimming circuitry, an antenna, a vehicle tracking unit, a video device, rain sensor control circuitry, remote keyless entry circuitry, a microphone, a voice actuated element, a photosensor, an occupancy detector, a trip computer, a compass sensor, an intrusion detector, toll booth transaction circuitry, a printer, INTERNET interface circuitry, a loudspeaker, a phone device, a headlamp controller, a garage door opener, a pager, and a digital recorder device; and

    wherein said at least one electronic accessory of said mirror stay assembly at least one of;

    a) shares components with said at least one electronic accessory of said interior mirror, and b) provides circuitry for said at least one electronic accessory of said interior mirror.

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