Directionally-adjustable antenna system using an outside mirror for automotive applications

  • US 6,861,942 B1
  • Filed: 07/21/1999
  • Issued: 03/01/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/21/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A vehicle antenna system, comprising:

  • a first directional antenna and a second directional antenna, said first- and second-directional antennas being located on or within an exterior mirror of a vehicle and having first- and second-directional signal detection fields, respectively;

    a switching network that selects one of said first- and second-directional antennas to be a selected antenna;

    a receiver coupled to said switching network to receive a selected antenna signal from the selected antenna via said switching network; and

    a controller coupled to the receiver to output a control signal corresponding to the antenna signal received by the receiver.

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