Interior mirror system

  • US 7,468,651 B2
  • Filed: 03/07/2006
  • Issued: 12/23/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An interior mirror system suitable for use in a vehicle, said system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror support assembly adapted for attachment to an interior portion of the vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly further comprising an imaging sensor;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly further comprising an electrochromic reflective mirror element disposed in a housing;

    the rearward field of view of said reflective mirror element pivotally adjustable about said mirror support assembly via a pivot element when said interior rearview mirror assembly is attached by said mirror support assembly at an interior portion of the vehicle;

    said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising electronic circuitry;

    said electronic circuitry disposed within said housing to the rear of said reflective mirror element;

    said electronic circuitry disposed within said housing to the rear of said reflective mirror element including a compass sensor;

    said electronic circuitry comprising a microprocessor;

    said microprocessor at least partially controlling automatic dimming of the reflectivity of said reflective mirror element in response to glare conditions detected by at least one photo sensor;

    said microprocessor at least partially establishing a heading of the vehicle in response to input from said compass sensor; and

    wherein said microprocessor at least partially controls a headlight of the vehicle responsive to detection of at least one of an oncoming headlight of another vehicle and a taillight of another vehicle by said imaging sensor.

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