Vehicle exterior rearview mirror assembly

  • US 7,216,994 B2
  • Filed: 04/27/2005
  • Issued: 05/15/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/27/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A mirror system for a vehicle, said mirror system comprising:

  • an exterior rearview minor assembly comprising;

    a reflective element;

    a fixed portion being configured to mount to a side of the vehicle;

    a movable portion being movably mounted to said fixed portion, said reflective element being supported in said mirror assembly by a reflective element actuator, said reflective element having a generally rearward field of view when said mirror system is mounted to the vehicle, said reflective element actuator providing selective adjustment of an orientation of said reflective element to adjust said rearward field of view to a desired orientation for a driver of the vehicle;

    a movable portion actuator for selectively moving said movable portion between a viewing position wherein said movable portion is extended outwardly from the vehicle at an angle with respect to the side of the vehicle and another viewing position wherein said movable portion is extended outwardly from the vehicle at another angle with respect to the side of the vehicle;

    a control selectively actuating said movable portion actuator to reposition said movable portion about said fixed portion to one of said positions; and

    said control further actuating said reflective element actuator to adjust the orientation of said reflective element responsive to said repositioning of said movable portion and to compensate for the repositioning of said movable portion so as to maintain said desired orientation independent of the position of said movable portion.

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