Navigation system for a vehicle

  • US 6,678,614 B2
  • Filed: 11/04/2002
  • Issued: 01/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/24/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A navigation system suitable for use in a vehicle comprising:

  • a vehicle;

    said vehicle including an interior rearview mirror assembly, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising an interior reflective element;

    a vehicular wireless communication system;

    said vehicular wireless communication system comprising a global-positioning system receiver, said vehicle including said global-positioning system receiver, said global-positioning system receiver operable to receive data indicative of the geographic position of said vehicle from satellites external to said vehicle;

    said vehicular wireless communication system including a wireless communication link between a transceiver in said vehicle and a transceiver at a site remote from said vehicle whereby wireless communication can exist between said vehicular transceiver and said remote transceiver;

    said wireless communication including transmission from said vehicle to said remote transceiver of data indicative of the geographic location of said vehicle;

    said vehicular wireless communication system including a database, said database being external said vehicle and said database at least including map data associated with the geographic location of said vehicle;

    said vehicular wireless communication system including a user input whereby a driver of said vehicle can input a destination and request directional information thereto, said user input occurring at a current location of said vehicle;

    said vehicular wireless communication system being responsive to said request by downloading to said vehicle turn-by-turn directions generally from said current location to said destination, said turn-by-turn directions being derived from said database; and

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including a display, said display displaying turn-by-turn instructions to said driver of said vehicle.

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