Rearview mirror assembly with information display

  • US 6,648,477 B2
  • Filed: 07/05/2001
  • Issued: 11/18/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror case having a reflective element, said mirror case being adapted to mount to an interior portion of the vehicle;

    an information display element positioned within said mirror case, said information display element being operable to project at a first location a light pattern indicative of information desired to be displayed, the projected light pattern being generally not readily viewable at said first location by a driver of the vehicle; and

    a refractive light directing element positioned at a perimeter of said reflective element and generally adjacent to said information display element, said refractive light directing element being configured to refract the light pattern projected by said information display element, said refraction of the projected light pattern by said refractive light directing element causing the projected light pattern to be displaced to a second location more readily viewable by the driver of the vehicle.

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