Rearview mirror element having a circuit mounted to the rear surface of the element

  • US 7,706,046 B2
  • Filed: 06/08/2004
  • Issued: 04/27/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A rearview mirror element for use in a vehicle, the mirror element comprising:

  • a first substrate having a front surface and a rear surface;

    a reflective coating disposed on at least one of said surfaces of said first substrate;

    a component first light sensor secured to the rear surface of said first substrate, wherein said light sensor is configured and is secured to said first substrate to sense light passing through said first substrate; and

    a second light sensor secured to the rear surface of said first substrate,wherein said first and second light sensors are configured and secured to said first substrate to sense light from generally opposite directions, andwherein at least a portion of said rear surface of said first substrate functions as a circuit board.

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