Tire pressure alert system

  • US 7,423,522 B2
  • Filed: 09/21/2005
  • Issued: 09/09/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A tire pressure alert system suitable for use in a vehicle, said tire pressure alert system comprising:

  • a vehicular tire pressure monitoring system;

    a telematic system of the vehicle operable to wirelessly communicate between the vehicle and an external service provider external to the vehicle;

    wherein said tire pressure monitoring system is operable to detect or determine or estimate a tire pressure in a tire mounted on a wheel of the vehicle and to communicate an output signal indicative of the tire pressure to said external service provider, said external service provider receiving the output signal from said tire pressure monitoring system and processing the output signal and communicating an alert to the subject vehicle to alert the driver or occupant of the vehicle of a tire pressure condition;

    an interior rearview mirror assembly having a transflective reflective element; and

    a display element disposed behind said transflective reflective element and responsive to said alert and operable to emit visible alert information toward and through said transflective reflective element for viewing by the driver of the vehicle.

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