Accessory mounting system for housing a camera that views through a light transmitting portion of a light absorbing layer at a portion of the windshield of the vehicle

  • US 7,538,316 B2
  • Filed: 08/25/2008
  • Issued: 05/26/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/07/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An accessory mounting system suitable for use in a vehicle, said accessory mounting system comprising:

  • an assembly adapted for releasable mounting to a receiving structure on the interior surface at a portion of the windshield of the vehicle;

    a light absorbing layer at said portion of the windshield of the vehicle, said light absorbing layer at least partially hiding said assembly from view by a viewer external the vehicle, said viewer viewing through the windshield when said assembly is normally mounted to said receiving structure;

    wherein said light absorbing layer comprises a ceramic frit layer;

    wherein said light absorbing layer includes a light transmitting portion;

    at least two accessories housed by said assembly;

    one of said at least two accessories comprising a forwardly-viewing camera; and

    said forwardly-viewing camera viewing through said light transmitting portion of said light absorbing layer at said portion of the windshield of the vehicle when said assembly is mounted to said receiving structure.

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