Interactive automotive rearvision system

  • US 7,224,324 B2
  • Filed: 03/26/2001
  • Issued: 05/29/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An interactive vehicular mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror casing and a reflective element, said mirror casing including a bezel portion, said mirror assembly being adapted to mount at an interior portion of the vehicle, and said reflective element having a rearward field of view when said interior mirror assembly is mounted in a vehicle;

    a plurality of user actuatable selector elements, said plurality of user actuatable selector elements comprising touch sensitive elements;

    said user actuatable selector elements being provided at said bezel portion at a plurality of bezel locations;

    said touch sensitive elements of said user actuatable selector elements being responsive to a change in at least one of heat, electrical capacitance, electrical inductance or electrical resistance due to at least close approachment of a human finger;

    a plurality of display elements at said interior rearview mirror assembly at a plurality of display locations;

    a display element of said plurality of display elements being associated with a respective one of said touch sensitive elements at said bezel portion, said display element being selectively activated by activation of said respective touch sensitive element;

    wherein display information desired by a user is generated in response to said touch sensitive elements being actuated by the user and is displayed above said display elements;

    said display location of said display element and said bezel location of said respective touch sensitive element being one of local one another and co-located such that a cognitive relationship between said display element and said respective touch sensitive element is established.

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