Wireless communication system

  • US 6,909,361 B2
  • Filed: 02/12/2004
  • Issued: 06/21/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A wireless communication system, comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly located within the interior cabin of a vehicle;

    a first wireless communication link in short-range wireless communication with a personal accessory of an occupant of the vehicle;

    a second wireless communication link to a provider of information or service, said provider located external to said vehicle;

    at least one manually operated control at said interior rearview mirror assembly for facilitating operation of said communication system;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly including a mirror reflective element, said mirror reflective element comprising a semitransparent reflector;

    a display element located behind said mirror reflective element;

    said display element operable to display information provided by said external provider; and

    wherein the presence of said display element behind said mirror reflector is substantially masked from notice by a driver of the vehicle until said display element displays information.

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