Vehicular system for engaging in a transaction between an occupant of a vehicle and a remote unit

  • US 6,832,719 B2
  • Filed: 02/13/2003
  • Issued: 12/21/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A vehicular system for engaging in a transaction between an occupant of a vehicle and a remote unit, said system comprising:

  • a vehicle accessory at a first location inside a cabin of the vehicle;

    a transceiver provided at said vehicle accessory;

    said transceiver provided at said vehicle accessory including a transmitter for sending communication signals from said vehicle to a remote unit for communication with the remote unit, the remote unit being located exteriorly of the vehicle in which said vehicle accessory is installed and the remote unit being operable both to receive communication from said transceiver provided at said vehicle accessory and to send communication to said transceiver provided at said vehicle accessory;

    said transceiver provided at said vehicle accessory including a receiver for receiving at least one signal from the remote unit that is located exteriorly of the vehicle;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly attached to an interior portion of the vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly provided at a second location separate from said first location, said interior rearview mirror assembly having an interior rearview mirror housing and an interior rearview mirror reflective element, said interior rearview mirror housing pivotally positionable about an interior rearview mirror support, said interior rearview mirror support attaching to said interior portion of said vehicle by a mirror mourn;

    a user input device provided at said interior rearview mirror assembly in communication with said transceiver and accessible by an occupant of the vehicle during normal use of the vehicle, said user input device providing input from said interior rearview mirror assembly located at said second location in said vehicle to said transceiver in said vehicle accessory located at said first location;

    said communication signals comprising at least one signal responsive to access by the occupant to said user input device; and

    said communication signals comprising at least one of a signal authorizing a payment and a signal making a payment.

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