Rearview mirror with display

  • US 6,572,233 B1
  • Filed: 09/18/2000
  • Issued: 06/03/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/14/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A mirror comprising:

  • a housing;

    an electrochromic mirror subassembly in the housing including front and rear transparent elements, a layer of electrochromic material associated with the front and rear transparent elements, and a reflector layer associated with the rear transparent element, a portion of the reflector layer defining an opening;

    an indicia panel covering the opening, an alphanumeric visual display formed on the indicia panel including a discrete number of permanent pre-formed symbols; and

    a plurality of light-emitting devices positioned in the housing to pass light through the indicia panel and the opening of the electrochromic mirror subassembly to selectively illuminate the alphanumeric visual display, the plurality of light-emitting devices being a number that is equal to or less than the discrete number.

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