Information mirror system

  • US 7,832,882 B2
  • Filed: 01/26/2010
  • Issued: 11/16/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/06/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An information mirror system for a vehicle, said information mirror system comprising:

  • an interior rearview mirror assembly having a mirror housing and a transflective reflective element;

    wherein said transflective reflective element comprises an electro-optic transflective reflective element having a transflective mirror reflector that is partially transmissive of light and partially reflective of light incident thereon;

    wherein said mirror housing is adjustably mounted at an interior portion of a vehicle equipped with said information mirror system via a pivot mounting arrangement;

    wherein adjustment of said mirror housing via said pivot mounting arrangement adjusts a rearward field of view of said transflective reflective element when said interior rearview mirror assembly is normally mounted in the equipped vehicle;

    a video display operable to display information;

    wherein said video display comprises a reconfigurable liquid crystal display;

    wherein said video display is disposed in said mirror housing rearward of said transflective mirror reflector of said transflective reflective element, wherein information displayed by said video display is viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle viewing through said transflective mirror reflector of said transflective reflective element when said video display is displaying information and wherein, when said video display is not displaying information, the presence of said video display behind said transflective mirror reflector of said transflective reflective element is substantially not discerned by a driver of the equipped vehicle normally viewing said transflective reflective element when operating the equipped vehicle;

    wherein said interior rearview mirror assembly comprises a microprocessor and wherein said microprocessor is operable to control dimming of said electro-optic transflective reflective element;

    wherein said microprocessor is operable to control said video display;

    wherein said information mirror system comprises a forward facing camera having a forward field of view in the direction of forward travel of the equipped vehicle, and wherein said forward facing camera captures images through the windshield of the equipped vehicle; and

    wherein said forward facing camera is associated with a headlamp controller that, responsive to image processing of images captured by said forward facing camera, is operable to control the headlamps of the equipped vehicle.

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