Vehicle exterior rearview mirror assembly

  • US 7,073,914 B2
  • Filed: 07/08/2005
  • Issued: 07/11/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mounting portion being configured to mount to a side of a vehicle;

    a mirror casing including a first reflective element, said mirror casing being mounted to said mounting portion, and said reflective element having a generally rearward field of view when said mirror assembly is mounted to the vehicle;

    a movable portion actuator for selectively adjusting said mirror casing about said mounting portion between at least two viewing positions having different angular orientations about said mounting portion;

    a reflective element actuator for selectively moving said first reflective element to adjust said rearward field of view;

    a control system, said control system selectively actuating said movable portion actuator to adjust said mirror casing about said mounting portion to one of said viewing positions to reduce wind noise generated by said mirror assembly and selectively actuating said reflective element actuator to adjust the orientation of said reflective element in response to the adjustment of said mirror casing so as to generally maintain said rearward field of view of said reflective element independent of the position of said minor casing; and

    said control system being adapted to selectively actuate said movable portion actuator to adjust the orientation of said mirror casing in response to the speed of the vehicle.

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