Video display system for vehicle

  • US 7,822,543 B2
  • Filed: 03/16/2010
  • Issued: 10/26/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/02/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video display system suitable for use in a vehicle, said video display system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising an electrochromic transflective element having a front portion that faces generally towards a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly when said interior rearview mirror assembly is mounted in the equipped vehicle, and having a rear portion that is generally opposite said front portion;

    wherein said transflective element comprises a transflective mirror reflector, and wherein said transflective element is at least about 15 percent transmitting to visible light incident at said rear portion of said transflective element;

    a video display disposed to the rear of said rear portion of said transflective element, and wherein said video display comprises a thin film transistor liquid crystal display video screen that is back lit by at least four white light emitting light emitting diodes;

    wherein, when said video screen is backlit, said video display emits light that passes through said transflective mirror reflector of said transflective element, and wherein information displayed by said video display is visible to the driver of the equipped vehicle viewing said transflective element only when said video screen is backlit;

    wherein a camera having a field of view rearward of the equipped vehicle is mounted at or near the rear of the equipped vehicle and wherein said camera captures video images of the scene rearward of the equipped vehicle;

    wherein, during a reversing maneuver of the equipped vehicle, said video images of the scene rearward of the equipped vehicle are displayed by said video display for viewing by the driver during the reversing maneuver so as to assist the driver of the equipped vehicle in reversing the equipped vehicle; and

    a control in the equipped vehicle operable to communicate with an external service provider via a wireless communication link between the equipped vehicle and the external service provider, wherein said control receives a user input from the driver of the equipped vehicle and is responsive thereto, said control establishing said wireless communication link between the equipped vehicle and the external service provider.

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