Mirror assembly for vehicle

  • US 7,690,824 B2
  • Filed: 04/22/2008
  • Issued: 04/06/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An interior rearview mirror assembly suitable for use in a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:

  • a mirror reflective element having a front surface and a rear surface, said front surface being viewable by and directed generally toward a driver of the vehicle when said mirror assembly is installed in the vehicle;

    said mirror reflective element comprising a reflector;

    wherein said mirror reflective element comprises a transflective mirror reflective element and wherein said reflector comprises a transflector, said transflector comprising a coating on a surface of a substrate of said mirror reflective element that is partially transmissive to visible light and partially reflective of light incident thereon;

    a display element disposed to the rear of said rear surface of said mirror reflective element of said rearview mirror assembly, said display element operable to emit light when actuated, said emitted light passing through said mirror reflective element to be viewable to a driver of the vehicle viewing said front surface when said mirror assembly is installed in the vehicle;

    wherein said emitted light passes through said transflector of said mirror reflective element to be viewable to a driver viewing said front surface when said mirror assembly is installed in the vehicle;

    a garage door opener device included in said rearview mirror assembly;

    said rearview mirror assembly including at least one user actuatable input device associated with operation of said garage door opener device; and

    wherein, when said garage door opener device is operating in a training mode, an icon is intermittently illuminated by a backlighting light emitting diode, and wherein, when said garage door opener device is operating other than in a training mode, said icon is constantly illuminated by said backlighting light emitting diode, and wherein said icon assists a user when said garage door opener is in a training mode.

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