Console system suitable for use in an interior cabin of a vehicle

  • US 7,460,007 B2
  • Filed: 05/26/2006
  • Issued: 12/02/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/28/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An improved console system suitable for use in an interior cabin of a vehicle, the interior cabin having a roof and a windshield having an upper portion, said console system comprising:

  • a console assembly;

    said console assembly including a headliner portion disposed at the roof of the interior cabin of the vehicle;

    said console assembly further including a windshield portion extending downwardly from said headliner portion, said downwardly extending portion being disposed at the upper portion of the windshield;

    said downwardly extending windshield portion of said console assembly including at least one vehicle accessory;

    wherein said at least one vehicle accessory comprises a sensor having a field of view through the windshield in the direction of forward travel of the vehicle;

    wherein said sensor comprises an image capturing device;

    wherein said image capturing device captures images at least one chosen from (a) for a forward park-aid system, (b) for a collision avoidance system, and (c) for an automatic headlamp control system; and

    wherein said downwardly extending windshield portion either attaches at or contacts at or is set-off from the inner surface of the windshield.

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