Vehicular rearview mirror with blind spot viewing system

  • US 6,672,731 B2
  • Filed: 11/16/2001
  • Issued: 01/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/20/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror blind spot viewing system for vehicles comprising:

  • an exterior rearview mirror assembly including;

    a reflective mirror element having a center and a peripheral edge;

    a pivot member for pivotally mounting said reflective mirror element on said assembly to adjust the position of said mirror element for different fields of view for different vehicle drivers, said pivot member pivotally mounting said mirror element on an axis generally aligned with said mirror element center;

    a support member having a joint for pivotally mounting said reflective mirror element between a first rearward viewing position and a blind spot viewing position, said joint being spaced laterally outwardly of said center axis; and

    a motive power source for moving said support member and said reflective mirror element on said joint between said first rearward viewing position and said blind spot viewing position;

    said motive power source including an electric motor, a gear and a threaded member driven for extension and retraction by said electric motor and gear;

    whereby said blind spot viewing position provides an enhanced field of view for the vehicle driver in an area adjacent the vehicle on which said assembly is mounted.

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