Mirror-based audio system for a vehicle

  • US 6,433,676 B2
  • Filed: 05/11/2001
  • Issued: 08/13/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/25/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mirror-based audio system for a vehicle, said system comprising:

  • an electochromic iior rearview mirror system including an electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly, said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly including an electrochromic reflector element having electronically adjustable reflectivity;

    said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly including electronic circuitry for at least adjusting the reflectivity of said electrochromic reflector element, said electronic circuitry connecting to an electrical power source of the vehicle;

    said electrochromic interior rearview mirror system including a plurality of microphones for receiving audio signals from within a cabin of the vehicle, said plurality of microphones comprising at least two microphones which generate output signals indicative of sound generated within the vehicle cabin, said at least two microphones being one of (i) positioned within said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly, (ii) positioned adjacent to said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly, (iii) positioned in an attachment to said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly, and (iv) positioned within a module mounted to the windshield; and

    said audio system at least one of (a) accessing at least one component of said electronic circuitry of said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly and (b) sharing at least one component of said electronic circuitry of said electrochromic interior rearview mirror assembly.

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