Exterior rearview mirror assembly security system for a vehicle

  • US 6,494,602 B2
  • Filed: 09/25/2001
  • Issued: 12/17/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly security system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly;

    said exterior mirror assembly including a security light assembly, said security light assembly projecting a pattern of light from said exterior mirror assembly on a ground area adjacent a door of the vehicle in order to create a lighted security zone in the area;

    said security light assembly including a light module, said light module including an enclosure, a light-transmitting opening in said enclosure, a light source for radiating light through said light-transmitting opening, and a cover for said light-transmitting opening wherein said cover comprises a lens, said light module being configured to direct at least a portion of the light radiating through said light-transmitting opening downwardly and rearwardly when said exterior mirror assembly is mounted on the vehicle;

    a control, said control responsive to approach by a person to the vehicle, and said control actuating said security light assembly to generate said pattern of light from said exterior mirror assembly in order to provide a lighted security zone adjacent an entrance to the vehicle at the side of the vehicle equipped with said exterior rearview mirror assembly;

    said enclosure including a reflective surface, said reflective surface directing at least a portion of light radiating from said light source through said light-transmitting opening; and

    wherein said enclosure comprises a heat-resistant polymer.

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