Exterior reflective mirror element for a vehicular rearview mirror assembly

  • US 7,821,697 B2
  • Filed: 11/09/2009
  • Issued: 10/26/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/05/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. An exterior reflective mirror element suitable for use in an exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said exterior reflective mirror element comprising:

  • a transparent glass substrate having a reflector disposed at a surface thereof;

    wherein said reflector comprises at least one metallic reflective layer;

    wherein a first portion of said at least one metallic reflective layer is removed by laser scribing at a first location of said exterior reflective mirror element in order to establish a highly transmissive first portion of said exterior reflective mirror element at said first location;

    a visual indicator display, wherein said visual indicator display comprises at least one light emitting diode disposed to the rear of said substrate; and

    wherein said visual indicator display is part of a turn signaling system of the vehicle equipped with said exterior reflective mirror element, and wherein said visual indicator display is actuated to emit light upon actuation by the driver of a turn signal of the equipped vehicle, and wherein light emitted by said visual indicator display passes through said highly transmissive first portion of said exterior reflective mirror element at said first location.

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