Video mirror systems incorporating an accessory module

  • US 6,690,268 B2
  • Filed: 02/26/2001
  • Issued: 02/10/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular video mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly having a minor casing incorporating a reflective element, said reflective element having a rearward field of view when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted in a vehicle;

    said mirror casing being adjustable so as to provide adjustment of the rearward field of view of said reflective element by a driver of the vehicle when said rearview mirror assembly is mounted in the vehicle;

    said mirror assembly further having a minor-mounting portion adapted to mount said interior rearview mirror assembly at an interior portion of the vehicle;

    said interior portion comprising one of (i) a windshield portion and (ii) a header portion;

    a video display assembly having a video screen incorporated in a video display housing;

    said video display assembly including a display-mounting portion adapted to mount said video display assembly at or adjacent to said interior portion of the vehicle;

    said video display assembly being separate from and not connected to said mirror casing;

    said display housing being disposable and viewable one of above said mirror casing and below said mirror casing and adapted to be adjustable about said display-mounting portion for adjusting the orientation of said video screen wherein said adjustment of the rearward field of view of said reflective element via adjustment of said mirror casing does not change said orientation of said video screen; and

    , said display housing being movable to a stowed position whereby said video display assembly remains mounted at said interior portion of the vehicle with said video screen being generally not viewable by a driver when seated in a vehicle seat in the vehicle to thereby minimize the distraction to the driver of the vehicle.

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