Interior rearview mirror system including a forward facing video device

  • US 6,806,452 B2
  • Filed: 11/05/2001
  • Issued: 10/19/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/22/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior rearview mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a housing and a reflective element included within said housing; and

    a video device, said video device including an imaging sensor, said imaging sensor being positioned at said interior rearview mirror assembly and having a field of view forward and through the windshield, said imaging sensor being operable to at least sense precipitation at at least one of an exterior surface of the windshield and an interior surface of the windshield; and

    a control operable to receive a signal from said imaging sensor, said control being operable to control a headlamp of the vehicle and to control at least one of a windshield wiper of the vehicle and a defogging system of the vehicle in response to said signal wherein said imaging sensor is operable as a component of an active cruise control system.

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