Dimming mirror with blind zone sub-mirror and indicator

  • US 6,919,796 B2
  • Filed: 09/12/2003
  • Issued: 07/19/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/12/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A vehicular rearview mirror system for indicating to a vehicle operator the detection of an object in the vehicle'"'"'s blind zone, comprising:

  • a first reflective element for providing the operator with a rearward view;

    a second reflective element associated with the first reflective element that is adapted to provide an image to the operator of the object in the vehicle'"'"'s blind zone adjacent to the rearward view which is not generally observable by the operator in the rearward view; and

    a recognition enhancement device associated with at least the second reflective element for enhancing the operator'"'"'s recognition of the object in the vehicle'"'"'s blind zone, wherein the recognition enhancement device is actuated upon detection of the object in the vehicle'"'"'s blind zone to effectively draw the operator'"'"'s visual attention to the second reflective element.

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