Vehicle interior mirror system including a rain sensor

  • US 7,041,965 B2
  • Filed: 08/06/2004
  • Issued: 05/09/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interior mirror system for a vehicle comprising:

  • a rearview mirror support housing having an interior compartment and a first pivot element, and being adapted for releasable mounting to an interior surface of the vehicle;

    at least a first electrical component/accessory in said interior compartment of said rearview mirror support housing;

    a rearview mirror including a rearview mirror element, said rearview mirror including at least a second electrical component/accessory and a second pivot element, said first pivot element of said rearview mirror support housing and said second pivot element of said rearview mirror interconnecting so that said rearview mirror pivotally connects to said rearview mirror support housing;

    wherein said first electrical component/accessory comprises a rain sensor module, said rain sensor module manufactured separate from the manufacturing of said rearview mirror that includes at least a said second electrical component/accessory; and

    said rain sensor module received in said rearview mirror support housing in a manner that connects said rain sensor module electrically to the vehicle.

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