Vehicle interior rearview mirror assembly including an accessory-containing housing

  • US 6,593,565 B2
  • Filed: 11/29/2001
  • Issued: 07/15/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle comprising:

  • a housing for attachment to the interior of the vehicle, said housing adapted for releasable mounting to a receiving structure on the interior surface of the windshield of the vehicle;

    a rain sensor included in said housing, said rain sensor adapted for viewing through the windshield of the vehicle on which said housing is mounted;

    a rearview mirror comprising a rearview mirror housing, an electro-optic mirror included in said rearview mirror housing, said electro-optic mirror comprising an electro-optic mirror element having front and rear plates and an electro-optic medium disposed between said front and rear plates;

    said rearview mirror further comprising a compass display;

    said rearview mirror attaching to said housing by a pivot joint, said rearview mirror being pivotally adjustable about said housing, said housing remaining fixedly mounted to the interior surface of the windshield of the vehicle while said rearview mirror is being adjusted;

    at least one electrical component included in said housing, said at least one electrical component comprising one of;

    a) a vehicle altitude sensor, b) a vehicle incline sensor, c) a headlamp sensor, d) a daylight sensor, e) a geographic positioning satellite (GPS) transmitter, f) a geographic positioning satellite (GPS) receiver, g) an antenna, h) a camera, i) a microphone, and j) a compass sensor;

    said assembly further including electrical wiring for electrically connecting to at least one of said electro-optic mirror and said compass display of said rearview mirror, said electrical wiring passing through said pivot joint.

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