Lighted vehicular exterior rearview mirror system

  • US 6,685,348 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2002
  • Issued: 02/03/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • an exterior mirror assembly, said exterior mirror assembly comprising a fixed portion and a movable portion, said fixed portion being configured to mount to a side of the vehicle, said movable portion including a reflective element, said movable portion being movable about said fixed portion by a powerfold mechanism between a normal viewing position wherein said movable portion is extended outwardly from the vehicle and a folded position wherein said movable portion is folded toward the side of the vehicle;

    said exterior mirror assembly comprising at least one light assembly, said at least one light assembly including a light source, said at least one light assembly projecting a light pattern from said exterior mirror assembly when said exterior mirror assembly is mounted on a side of the vehicle and when said light source of said at least one light assembly is actuated; and

    a proximity detector, said proximity detector actuating said powerfold mechanism when said proximity detector detects an object so as to move said movable portion from said normal viewing position to said folded position.

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